‘Despair-related’ annual mortality crisis reaches enormous proportions
Shocking new data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the horrific scale of misery in Tory Britain.
Deaths in a range of categories that can be described as ‘despair-related’ have rocketed – and the sum of the tragedy has reached a scale comparable with the impact of the Second World War.
The situation is not only horrific but growing at an appalling rate since the Tories entered Downing Street in 2010:
- Suicides up by 16%
- deaths linked to homelessness up by 24% (vs 2013)
- drug-related deaths up by 66%
- winter-related deaths up by 64%
- deaths associated with fuel-poverty up by 64%
In plain numbers the brutal reality is even more terrifying than the percentages suggest. Just last year:
- 597 homeless people died – a rate of three every two days
- 6,507 people died by suicide
- on person died every two hours of drug-related causes – 4,359 people across the year
- winter-related deaths were an astonishing 51,100 – an increase of 20,000 since 2010
- 5,100 people died related to fuel poverty –
Even allowing for potential double-counting in deaths linked to winter and fuel-poverty, sixty thousand more people died in circumstances linked to poverty and hopelessness – a number roughly equivalent to annual deaths among UK people in World War II.
Or to put it another way, more people than the population of towns like Tunbridge Wells, Macclesfield, Hereford, Keighley, Dunfermline, Louhgborough or Halesowen.
The UK’s story under the Tories is one of burgeoning, deepening – and easily avoidable – misery. Not only in the appalling poverty of millions, including more than four million children, or the ‘conscious cruelty’ of the harrying of disabled or vulnerable people, but in the awful finality of needless deaths.
Repairing this situation and restoring hope are the most urgent issues facing this country.
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