Monday 24 June 2019 / 11:51 AM Housing / John Healey

Cuts hit areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths hardest

Local government funding cuts are hitting areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths according to new Labour analysis.

 

Nine of the ten councils with the highest numbers of homeless deaths in the country (between 2013-2017) have seen cuts of over three times the national average cut of £254.

 

Birmingham, the seventh most deprived council in the country, which has seen the highest number of homeless deaths between 2013-2017 has had a cut in spending power per household of over £900 (£939.80).

 

The one off £30m pot of funding for immediate support for councils to tackle rough sleeping that James Brokenshire announced last year is a drop in the ocean compared to the cuts that councils have faced.

 

Birmingham received £405k from the Government for immediate homelessness support this compared to a cut in spending power of over £358m, that’s 0.11% or 0.1p in in every £1 cut.

 

Commenting John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, said:

 

“These figures show that the areas with the highest homelessness deaths are facing the deepest cuts. This makes the prospect of reducing deaths ever more bleak.

 

“The Government’s £30m to reduce rough sleeping number has been pitiful so Britain’s homelessness crisis is set to continue.

 

“The next Prime Minister must put an end to this national shame of people dying on our street and back Labour’s plans to end rough sleeping and build thousands more affordable homes.”