A record 726 people died homeless last year

New ONS figures revealing that a record 726 people died homeless last year.

 

There were a record-high 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in 2018 – the highest year-to-year increase (22 per cent since) records began.

 

The mean age at death was 45 years for males and 43 years for females in 2018, compared to an average of 76 years for men and 81 years for women in the general population.

 

Chris Webb, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys said,

 

“These figures are shameful in a country as rich as ours.” 

 

“The continued rising numbers of homelessness is not inevitable. The number of people sleeping on our streets fell under the last Labour government but has risen since 2010 as a direct result of the Conservatives slashing investment for low-cost homes, cutting back housing benefit, reducing funding for homelessness services, and denying protection to private renters.

 

“I’ve been out with all the homeless charities in our town and regularly meet and talk with homeless people on the streets. Many have a range of complex needs that force them onto the streets. They desperately need our help.

 

“If elected as our MP I will work with a future Labour government to end rough sleeping within a Parliament and tackle the root causes of rising homelessness with more affordable homes and stronger rights for renters.”

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The latest ONS figures on the deaths of homeless people in England and Wales, 2018 are available here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsofhomelesspeopleinenglandandwales/2018.