Homelessness: Yorkshire and the Humber

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people classed as homeless have died in the Yorkshire and the Humber region since 2010.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) publishes official estimates of the number of deaths of homeless people in England and Wales annually, although the statistics are still classed as experimental. Currently, data released by the ONS is available for deaths among people who were homeless in England and Wales registered from 2013 to 2019; this data is available broken down by region. A breakdown of this data can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsofhomelesspeopleinenglandandwales/previousReleases

Every death of someone sleeping rough on our streets is a tragedy, and the Government is committed to ending rough sleeping. Therefore, we are spending over £700 million on homelessness and rough sleeping this year alone. We recognise the importance of ensuring vulnerable rough sleepers have their health needs met. This is why we are working closely with PHE and NHSE to ensure that rough sleepers accommodated in emergency housing are registered with a GP and receive substance misuse and mental health assessments where appropriate.

We continue to work closely with the homelessness sector, local authorities and health and care partners, to ensure the needs of those experiencing homelessness can be met.

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