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New figures reveal homeless people in England and Wales far more likely to die in deprived areas

25.02.2019 474 XX

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Today, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures detailing the number of people who have died while homeless in each local authority across England and Wales between 2013 and 2017. The figures show that homeless people are nine point two (9.2) times more likely to die when living in the most deprived areas of the country¹. The figures also reveal that the highest estimated numbers of deaths during the five year period were in major urban areas, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and London².

In response, Crisis Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes, said: “It’s nothing less than shameful that hundreds of people across England and Wales with nowhere to turn have died while homeless, especially when we know that homelessness is entirely preventable. This simply cannot go on.

“Governments must ensure local authorities, particularly in the most deprived areas, have the appropriate funding to conduct reviews into the death of every person who has died while homeless, to prevent more people from dying needlessly. They must also make sure that when people do become homeless, they are rehoused quickly, and with the support they need to keep their homes, whether it’s help to find employment, mental health support or drug and alcohol services.

“Ultimately, we must stop these tragedies from happening year after year. Homelessness can and must be ended, but only if the root causes are tackled.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1 When the estimated deaths of homeless people are analysed using deciles of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD), there is a clear gradient with most deaths occurring in the more deprived local areas. The rate of deaths per 100,000 population in the most deprived tenth of local areas in England was 9.2 times that of the least deprived tenth. For Wales, the rate of deaths per 100,000 population in the most deprived tenth of local areas was 3.4 times that of the least deprived tenth. 

2

Local Authority

Total deaths 2013-2017

Percentage increase 2013 to 2017

Deaths in 2017

Percentage increase 2016 to 2017

Birmingham                                        

90

13%

18

0%

Camden                                           

89

-29%

15

-35%

Manchester                                       

65

133%

21

91%

Lambeth                                          

65

6%

17

113%

Liverpool                                         

62

70%

17

0%

Bristol, City of                                 

52

183%

17

70%

Westminster                                      

52

-42%

7

17%

Leeds                                            

49

0%

10

-9%

Brighton and Hove                                 

48

0%

11

-15%

Newcastle upon Tyne                              

46

86%

13

30%

Tower Hamlets                                    

44

-17%

10

100%

Blackburn with Darwen                            

41

175%

11

0%

Southampton                                       

40

-36%

7

-42%

City and Hackney

38

-36%

7

-36%

Leicester                                        

37

-17%

5

-55%

Kingston upon Hull, City of                      

35

200%

12

9%

Southwark                                         

34

200%

12

50%

Bournemouth                                      

34

-25%

9

800%

Oxford                                           

33

67%

10

0%

Lewisham                                         

31

350%

9

29%

Sheffield                                         

30

-44%

5

25%

Islington                                        

30

-44%

5

-38%

Newham                                           

27

 

7

40%

Cardiff                                          

24

-56%

4

-33%

Ealing                                            

23

-33%

4

-20%

Plymouth                                         

23

-50%

2

-82%

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

22

75%

7

75%

Salford                                          

21

 

6

-25%

Northampton                                       

21

 

7

40%

 

For a full breakdown of the figures visit the ONS website here