Tuesday 1 October 2019 / 10:36 AM Housing / John Healey

ONS figures shown a record 726 homeless died last year – John Healey responds

John Healey MP Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to new ONS figures revealing that a record 726 people died homeless last year said:

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

“High and rising homelessness is not inevitable. The number of people sleeping on our streets fell under Labour 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.

“The next Labour government will 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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Notes to Editors

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.

  • They reveal:
    • 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.