Community Development Alliance Scotland

Disconnected Communities

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A growing lack of community is costing Scottish society around £731 million every year.   The research, commissioned by Eden Project and The Big Lunch, reveals the annual cost to Scotland’s public services of social isolation and disconnected communities. It shows that through isolation, demand on health services is increasing to the tune of  £107 million each year while other areas such as policing are costing an extra £12 million. Disconnected communities are also linked to a loss of productivity, with a net cost to the Scottish economy of nearly £252 million every year. The study also reveals that neighbourliness has a huge welfare value to the Scottish people, with over £593 million saved each year because of resources shared and help provided by neighbours who know each other.

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