Homelessness: Death

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what comparative assessment he has made of trends in the level of deaths among people who are homeless since January 2019.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Every premature death of someone experiencing homelessness is one too many and we take this matter extremely seriously.

The latest Office for National Statistics figures show there were an estimated 688 deaths of people who are homeless in England and Wales registered in 2020, a decrease of 11.6% from 2019 (778 estimated deaths). Although this is statistically similar to registered deaths in the period 2017 to 2019, it represents the first fall in the number of estimated deaths since 2014.

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