Homeless deaths higher in austerity hit areas

New Labour Party analysis has found that local government funding cuts are disproportionately hitting areas that have the highest numbers of deaths among homeless people.

According to the data, nine of the 10 councils with the highest numbers of homeless deaths in England and Wales between 2013 and 2017 - Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Blackburn, Liverpool and the four London boroughs of Camden, Westminster, Lambeth and Tower Hamlets - have had cuts of more than three times the national average of £254 for every household.

John Healey, the shadow housing secretary, said: “These figures show that the areas with the highest homelessness deaths are facing the deepest cuts. This makes the prospect of reducing deaths ever more bleak. The government’s £30 million to reduce the rough sleeping number has been pitiful so Britain’s homelessness crisis is set to continue. The next Prime Minister must put an end to this national shame of people dying on our streets and back Labour’s plans to end rough sleeping and build thousands more affordable homes.”