After a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions on travel and gatherings, some groups of people have reported high rates of loneliness and poorer well-being in recent months.
Levels of loneliness in Great Britain have increased since spring 2020. Areas with higher rates of unemployment tended to have higher rates of loneliness during the study period (October 2020 to February 2021). Local authorities in countryside areas also had a lower loneliness rate than urban, industrial, or other types of area.
The research was carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. They are responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels.