New statistics released on deaths of people experiencing homelessness in 2021
By |Published On: 23rd November 2022|

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New statistics released on deaths of people experiencing homelessness in 2021

By |Published On: 23rd November 2022|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest report on the deaths of homeless people in England and Wales.

The ONS data shows that 741 people died while homeless in England and Wales during 2021. 

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has also released their data for 2021, reporting that 250 people died while homeless in Scotland.

Matt Downie, Crisis Chief Executive, comments: “Behind each of these statistics is a human being; an individual who tragically spent their last moments homeless. We know that being homeless often means feeling like you have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. It’s difficult to bear, but that will have been the experience of some of the real people behind these figures.  

“There is no excuse for this shameless suffering. For years we have been calling on the UK Government to expand the safeguarding system used to investigate the deaths of vulnerable adults to include everyone who has died while street homeless. This must be acted upon so we can learn lessons from these tragic deaths.  

“Our services are gearing up for an incredibly challenging winter, with thousands facing the brutality of homelessness as the rising cost of living pushes them to breaking point. These dire economic times must not lead to more people falling through the cracks and dying needlessly on our streets.  

“We can stop this before it’s too late. We desperately need more social homes and for the UK Government to invest in housing benefit so it covers the true cost of rents. Only decisive action will ensure everyone has a safe place to call home and prevent more loss of life in the future.”

Crisis says it’s preparing for an incredibly busy winter. From late December onwards, the charity will be providing hotel accommodation in London to hundreds of people who would otherwise be sleeping rough over Christmas. Crisis will also be supporting thousands in insecure accommodation across Britain, providing food, companionship and support with housing, benefits, and training.  

The charity is warning that demand for its services is increasing and shows no sign of abating as rents have risen at their fastest rate for 16 years across England, while in Wales less than 1% of private rented homes are affordable to people on housing benefit. This, the charity says, will see more and more households pushed into poverty as they struggle to keep up with the rising cost of living. Crisis is also urging the public to stand with people experiencing homelessness this winter via its urgent appeal so that thousands of people can get the vital support they need to leave homelessness behind.

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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