Almost 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year, according to official figures published for the first time. The figure represents a rise of 24% over five years, according to the Office for National Statistics. These are the first official estimates of the number of deaths of homeless people, which show 84% of those who died were men. Charities say the numbers confirm what they are seeing locally.
The ONS figures show that there were 482 deaths among homeless people in 2013, rising to 597 in 2017. A detailed breakdown shows:
- more than half of the deaths were because of drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide
- London and north-west England had the highest proportion of deaths
- the average age of death was 44 for men and 42 for women, compared with 76 for men and 81 for women among the rest of the population
You can read the BBC’s full report online