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.”
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.
- Labour has committed to ending rough sleeping within its first five years in government, and taking decisive action to tackle the causes of rising homelessness with a million new genuinely affordable homes over ten years and stronger rights for renters.
- The Party has previously announced it would make 8,000 additional homes available for people with a history of rough sleeping: https://labour.org.uk/press/labour-announces-8000-new-homes-rough-sleepers-fresh-pledge-end-rough-sleeping/.
- Last year, John Healey announced Labour would provide a new £100m fund for emergency winter accommodation for rough sleepers in every year: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/18/rough-sleepers-die-winter-tories-labour-solution-homeless.