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Deaths of homeless people is a 'stain on our national conscience' say Lib Dems

October 13, 2019 2:17 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Deaths of homeless people is a 'stain on our national conscience' say Lib Dems

Almost 250 homeless people died on the streets in the West Midlands, according to official figures published this morning. Wolverhampton Liberal Democrat campaigner Natasha Allmark called the figures a 'stain on our national conscience'.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that since 2013 there have been 233 identified deaths of homeless people in our region. The body also estimate that 287 died in total.

There were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in 2018, the highest year-to-year increase (22%) since their time series began.

Two in five deaths of homeless people were related to drug poisoning in 2018 (294 estimated deaths), and the number of deaths from this cause has increased by 55% since 2017.

Commenting on the figures release, Liberal Democrat campaigner Natasha Allmark said:

"What's striking about these figures is how different they are to the general population.

"Around half of the deaths of homeless people are related to drugs, suicide or alcohol, also known as the diseases of despair, compared to just 3% of deaths from these causes among the general population.

"In Britain, in 2019, no one should be sleeping rough or dying on our streets. These figures are a stain on our nations conscience."

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Notes to editors - The data, released by the ONS this morning can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/deathsofhomelesspeopleinenglandandwales