Crisis calls for ‘urgent expansion’ of homeless death reviews

Charity says a nearly 600 homeless deaths is a “national tragedy”.


sleeping homeless man on a bench

Crisis has pitched into the pressure on government for full reviews of homeless deaths.

Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said that with ONS stats showing nearly 600 homeless deaths last year, government must “urgently expand” the relevant investigation system.

“Behind these statistics are human beings whose families will now be spending Christmas coming to terms with their loss – this has to change,” said Sparkes.

“It’s shocking to think that hundreds of people faced the last days of their lives without the dignity of a secure roof over their head.

“This is nothing short of a national tragedy – especially when we know that homelessness is not inevitable.”

He added: “In one of the world’s wealthiest countries, no one should be dying because of homelessness. It’s imperative that government act now to stop this tragedy once and for all,” he said.

The ONS stats show an estimated 597 people died while homeless in England and Wales in 2017, a figure that has increased by 24% over the last five years.

Average age of death was just 44 for men and 42 for women.

During debates on the death figures yesterday (20th Dec), both the Commons and the Lords heard calls for more purposeful investigation of homeless deaths.

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