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Massive spike in deaths of homeless people: number almost doubles in 2 years

Museum of Homelessness publishes shocking figures

New figures published by the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) reveal a massive and shocking rise in the number of deaths among homeless people, with one person on average dying every seven hours, an increase of eighty percent in just two years.

The biggest increases in the last year are in England and Northern Ireland, while Wales – run by left-winger Mark Drakeford despite attacks on him by the Labour right – has seen its number fall slightly:

Of the UK’s hundreds of local authority areas, only seven have seen year-on-year progress in reducing deaths among homeless people:

Not all of the deaths are among people sleeping rough. Of the 1,286 homeless people who died in 2021, the MoH says that its figures reveal large numbers of deaths in ‘unsafe, unregulated, tax-payer funded accommodation’ and it comments that cuts in support continue to worsen the situation, while the burgeoning and avoidable ‘cost of living crisis’ will accelerate the situation.

The hopelessness that comes from that lack of support is reflected in the causes of death: 41% from alcohol and drugs and 12% by suicide.

MoH co-founder Jess Turtle called the new figures a ‘hammer blow’ and accused the government of not taking the issue seriously and allowing unregulated landlords to make fortunes on inhumane accomodation:

These findings are a hammer blow. It’s heart-breaking to see so many people dying and to feel so helpless in the face of such a serious emergency. Government neglect means things keep getting worse with new provision for mental health, addiction and social housing failing to make up for previous cuts. 

If the government took this situation seriously, it wouldn’t have slashed the budget for discretionary housing payments by over a third last month – making it harder for councils to offer the people the breathing space they need to avoid homelessness.  Reversing this £40 million cut and ending the freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates should be immediate priorities so that people have a fighting chance of meeting the spike in private rents.

Ultimately, the government can’t fix what it doesn’t understand. There needs to be a confidential enquiry into the deaths of homeless people to allow an honest appraisal of what’s happening to the UK’s most vulnerable people. There should also be mandatory fatality reviews for all local authorities – so lessons can be learned from each death.”

Too many people are dying in dangerous accommodation run by unregulated landlords and funded by the taxpayer. Our research suggests over 90% of deaths in the cases where we know of a person’s situation occurred after they were placed in insecure accommodation.

These often occur in taxpayer funded hostels which are exempt from the price cap local authorities apply to shared accommodation as they are meant to provide people experiencing homelessness with care as well as safe place to live temporarily. But many fail to meet their most basic obligations.

Companies benefit from this exemption in the properties they manage now receive over £800m a year in public funds and Turtle added that the government ‘needs to urgently regulate these businesses – providing proper oversight so people are protected and our taxes stop funding negligent landlords.’

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50 comments

  1. The Museum of Homelessness calls on the government to reverse its decision to cut the budget for discretionary housing payments by £40 million.

    Will Sir Keir add the force of the Labour party to this demand?

    Probably not! Of course, he’ll talk the talk, but anything more than that might earn him the disfavour of WEF boss Klaus Schwab, miscellaneous multi-millionaire backers and a firm tap on his knuckles by the Trilateral Commission, David Rockefeller, et al.

    The Labour Movement risks irrelevance with Keir Rodney Starmer as leader of the Labour party.

  2. Homelessness & Poverty are not photogenic & does not appeal to the comfortable bourgeoisie as a topic of interest on Radio 4. Who cares about the ‘undeserving. poor?

  3. I’d been wondering when the figures would be released, hence me ditching the ‘(597)’ I used to have on my username, which were the figures for 2018(?)

    There’s more people I see now sat on the ground with a blanket over them than there are shops open. I can’t box them all off with a couple of quid or a sandwich, so now I don’t do it at all. Even the local ‘Shelter’ charity shop not far from me has shut so I can’t donate any gear to them.

    Fucking heartbreaking. It’s already been shown they can all be safely housed, but there’s no pandemic anymore – supposedly.

    It’s ALWAYS a fucking sticking plaster mentality with this shower o’ bastard shite. They never put anything aside for a contingency – which saves money in the long run. They just do fuck-all BUT award themselves their tax allowances and their freebies, and make the poorest pay for everything they use just as much as we do, the fucking freeloading vermin.

    If I had my way, every bastard one of them MPs – without exception – would be forced to live in a (barely habitable) high-rise, instead of claiming their second homes and all their blag expenses. And they’d get fuck-all to get them brought up to habitable unless they paid for it themselves…Including removing the cladding; paid out of their own overinflated salaries.

    1. quite correct Toffee but whilst the working class continue to support a system where the least like us are chosen to represent us then nothing will ever change and even then we have to watch out for the working class lackys like Steve H and that old red head bag Raynure “slip into the running….oh I forgot hes somthing called a “professional person” …he doesn’t like the title job centre advisor “let go” .title.?

  4. Looks like another Establishment policy is going just how they planned. They pay the money to each other and the people in need of support get nothing.

  5. “MoH co-founder Jess Turtle called the new figures a ‘hammer blow’ and accused the government of not taking the issue seriously and allowing unregulated landlords to make fortunes on inhumane accomodation:”

    The Government will have “taken this issue seriously” and decided to do nothing about it.
    And – I’ve few expectations that Starmer & Co., with their safe seats, safe salaries and safe pensions will be greatly exercised about it either.

    To do anything real about it will require a serious transfer of resources from the pockets of the rich and powerful to support the needy.
    Are you holding your breath ?? !!

  6. ‘If there was any justice.
    The rich would be on the streets.
    As people passed them by, in their posher voices.
    They rather begged for something to eat.
    But we’d closed their offshore banking.
    And the Real Global Scroungers were at a loss.
    But WE are not dehumanised and our services intervened.
    Cos Socialists give a toss!’

  7. Homelessness is one of the worst things that can happen to anybody. Long term homelessness is not only soul destroying but it severely affects life expectancy as these figures show. No country can call itself civilised if it allows its citizens to live their lives on the streets or in inadequate slum conditions which are only marginally better. Shame on this government and its predecessors for allowing this situation to exist in one of the richest countries in the world.

    1. Living on the streets in a climate like Britain is without doubt a death sentence and many are the result of Maggie thatchers “couldnt care in the community” and the rundown of the welfare system They won.. !we lost and the death grip carrys on.

    1. SH I hear that a labour councillor is elected for the burial committee on Oxted parish council.Barbera Arling has never seen or heard of the Starmer family despite being a parish councillor and ex NHS employee.Barbera has been a member of the Labour party since the eightys along with her husband….
      Funny how they never met the knight of the realm in the small Surrey village especially as he was a dynamic labour party member….or so its said and I never heard of him either or his family in next door Reigate..Funny old World?especially since he left the private Reigate independent school he became a dynamic socialist because everybody knows that Oxted is a hotbed of Socialism especially now they have infiltrated the Parish council burial committee?ITs onwards and upwards in the Labour party isnt it?

      1. Joseph – Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t you a one term councillor several years after Keir had left the area.

      2. Yes Steve H high took the first ever seat for the labour party with a vote of around two thousand as opposed to the ninty votes they usually got.
        the labour party classified as unwinable for the labour party…?
        .One term under a right wing labour leader like Tony Blair was enough for me thanks.and I managed to topple the Lib \Lab pact on the Historic Reigate and banstead council as I waived bye bye!…historic successful mission acomplished.although the leader of the opposition is the worst leader of the Labour party in history and even more dodgy than bliar.and he did actually return to Surrey as he doesn’t have a lot of time for the working class especially jumped up upstarts like yourself stevie boy 👦.and prefers to live amongst his own people in the Surrey commuterbelt of the green and pleasant land of the Home counties

      3. Joseph, thanks for that tidbit. It’s all going into my Headroom album. I’ve collected some good stuff and every little bit of new info helps. Let’s smash em.

  8. Whooosh…..Labout take a dive in the Vote once again.

    Melton Sysonby (Melton) council by-election result:

    CON: 53.2% (+8.3)
    LDEM: 24.6% (+24.6)
    LAB: 22.2% (-3.5)

    Votes cast: 744

    No Grn (-29.3) as prev.

    Conservative HOLD.

      1. What, so Starmer’s failing in his objective of winning Conservatives over to his “show-me-you-papers” party?

        He’s doing a good job of repelling Labour’s usual voters tho – as might become apparent next month.

      2. qwertboi – 🥱
        It is good to see that Labour is still ahead in the Polls

      3. I find it reassuring too – but, of course, I don’t take anything in the synchronised-MSM at face value (or at all, sometimes).

      4. SteveH
        So Red Tories are crap Tories
        Result, Full House
        Crap Socialists and Crap Tories
        You would almost think they serve a purpose for those who control them
        Who is the opposition in this country

      5. AND??

        Keefs’ meant to be so popular that people are falling over themselves to vote for his pile o shite.

        We already know what your riposte will be along the lines of ‘But Corbyn’ so don’t bother.

        Smarmer’s the leader and has been for two years. That’s plenty of time to have garnered massive support over a bunch of kleptocratic homicidal, toffs. He hasn’t done so. The buck starts and stops with him.

    1. Interesting article, thanks. I’d onc have thought it an instance oif good analysis and attempted impartiality by the BBC, but today just wonder what misinformation and disorientation they are using it to achieve.

      The neoliberal hegemony turns the institutions of the left (BBC, NHS, Universities, etc) into its destroyers.

      1. Maybe the calculation is that, given that Starmer is trying to out-Tory the Tories, the Beeb may get a better deal out of Johnson than Starmer.

    2. Thanks, Goldbach. However, it’s not that unexpected. Isn’t this under Frankenstein’s purview? If Southside employees don’t follow orders, he sends them life-size posters of himself.

  9. Golbach…..unbelievable that the words got out and that the BBC has followed up on what can only be deemed intimidation and aggressive bullying with sexual harassment from a Senior official “of the Labour party.I wonder where the unions on these two female victims of the Labour party stand?..
    .Very poor reporting from the BBC but then again most wouldnt be described as journalists more gossip mungers and soothsayers for the establishment.well done ✔Goldbach I hope we here more before the labour party go out of business.

  10. Starmer…..Vote for me I’ll give you a minimum wage of at least £15 an hour…..

    He got elected…..

    Starmer…Labour will fight for a minimum wage of £10 per hour…..Vote for Labour in May

    Tories……We will give a minimum wage of £10.50 per hour……Vote for us.

    Labour break every pledge they make. Do not vote for Starmer The Savile Saver’s Labour Party in May.

  11. SteveH01/04/2022 AT 9:31 PM
    qwertboi – 🥱
    It is good to see that Labour is still ahead in the Polls

    🤫 But NOT in actual elections.

    Alex iwobi (Should be pronounced he-wont-be) must be boss on the training ground but he’s utter fucking garbage on the matchday pitch. A thief of exorbitant wages. I’ve got Abar ten stone and 25 years on him and I couldn’t do any worse.

    Keef is shite at both. If it weren’t for the sympathy vote Batley would probably have turned blue, which’d mean keef hadnt even managed to retain a seat, nevermind WIN one.

    I’ve got zero years as an elected official and I couldn’t do any worse than smarmer. Nothing but a well-connected, opportunistic, establishment stooge.

    …With greasy hair, a fucking annoying nasal drawl, and an Easter Island shaped bonce.

  12. Given that Melton Council is solidly Tory

    Nowhere was moreso than N.Salop. Care to remind is all what happened there, O! genial one?

    1. Toffee – Surely a clever chap like you can work that one out for yourself. 🤔

      1. People would MUCH PREFER you reminded them. You’re the genius ttying to bullshit us all that your opinion polls count while refusing to answer the question of how recent elections have gone under keefs’ watch.

        And while we’re on the subject of die-hard seats…

        Nowhere was more diehard (and bliarist) labour than Hartlepool. They had mandelslime as their MP, AND re-elected him, such was the measure of them.

        Care to remind people how the Hartlepool by election went, under keefs’ leadership?

        No. Thought not. Shithouse.

        .

  13. Oh look! It’s the much-abused ‘But Corbyn…’ shithousery, yet again.

    Was Mike Hill elected, by those ‘angry people who had contempt shown for them’ in 2019, or not?

    He was, wasn’t he?

    Was the seat turned blue under Corbyn?

    It wasn’t was it?

    It WAS under keef though, wasn’t it?

    …Which makes your argument look every bit as fucking stupid as YOU do.

    What a complete prick.

    1. Toffee – They obviously put their trust in the Labour Party, who could blame them for believing that Corbyn wouldn’t have reinstated a sex pest. When it all came out following Hill’s resignation and the subsequent damning tribunal verdict they obviously felt betrayed and angry, wouldn’t you in their position?

      1. You are SO fucking stupid that if you was giving evidence in a trial against Corbyn (or ANYONE, for that matter) the judge’d direct the defence AND the prosecution to beat some fucking intelligence into you, you total fucking RETARD.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartlepool_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

        Following an allegation of sexual assault made against him in September 2019, Hill sat as an Independent. However, three weeks later, the allegation was withdrawn, and he had the Labour whip restored.

        Hill was accused of sexual misconduct in SEPTEMBER.

        ..And the allegation was withdrawn

        The 2019 General election didn’t take place until DECEMBER

        And those ‘Angry people who had been shown utter contempt by Corbyn’s labour STILL elected him.

        You stupid, STUPID cunt. You are an affront to our species. Please die.

      2. Toffee – Perhaps you should have read the link that I posted before making a fool of yourself again.

        “Resignation and sexual misconduct allegations
        Hill was suspended from the Labour Party in September 2019 over allegations of sexual harassment, but reinstated in October 2019.[8] In January 2020, his request for anonymity was turned down in an upcoming employment tribunal related to the accusations. The alleged victim stated that she had also made a report to the Metropolitan Police at the time of the original accusations.[4]
        On 16 March 2021, Hill announced his resignation with immediate effect and was appointed Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds,[9] which is the procedure whereby a UK MP—who cannot actually resign—voluntarily leaves office. This was after the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) had found that Hill breached Parliament’s sexual misconduct policy.
        In the resulting by-election, Hill’s Hartlepool seat was won by the Conservative candidate, Jill Mortimer.
        The sexual misconduct claims were considered by the Central London Employment Tribunal in May 2021. The claimant alleged that Hill used a staffing review as a pretext for making her redundant after she had rejected his sexual advances.[10] In July 2021, the tribunal in delivering its decision held that Hill had assaulted, harassed and victimised a parliamentary worker and it upheld claims of “detrimental treatment”.[11]

        It was all well reported at the time, I’m surprised that you didn’t check the contemporary reports before responding.

  14. In NO WAY alters the FACT that Hill was RE-ELECTED in 2019, UNDER CORBYN.

    In NO WAY alters the FACT that the (smarmer imposed) candidate Williams WASNT elected in 2021 UNDER SMARMER

    Hill’s subsequent resignation has FUCK-ALL to do with smarmerist labour turning the seat blue for the first time in its existence.

    Hill was NOT the candidate in the subsequent by election. And Corbyn was NOT the leader.

    Smarmer-imposed Williams WAS. And keef was the leader.

    And both rightly told to sling their hook.

    Keep digging, Dick-head. I’m enjoying every minute of watching you drown in your own shit. 👍😉

    1. Toffee – Who are you trying to convince, yourself?

      As I said above
      “Well given that Corbyn’s team showed their utter contempt for the people of Hartlepool by reinstating Mike Hill for the 19GE it really wasn’t a surprise that the voters voiced their anger via the ballot box.”
      +
      “,They obviously put their trust in the Labour Party, who could blame them for believing that Corbyn wouldn’t have reinstated a sex pest. When it all came out following Hill’s resignation and the subsequent damning tribunal verdict they obviously felt betrayed and angry, wouldn’t you in their position?”

      Would you vote for a party after you had found out that they had betrayed you so badly by putting up a sex pest as their candidate?

      ps – You have forgotten to mention that the so called left’s candidate lost their deposit at the Hartlepool bi-election.

      1. ps – You have forgotten to mention that the so called left’s candidate lost their deposit at the Hartlepool bi-election.

        Apropos of nothing. Like yourself, another total irrelevance

    2. Oh, and lest we forget that Williams was PRO-REMAIN…In a 70% LEAVE seat.

      That’s a 70% LEAVESEAT icymi

      You know? Exactly the type of seat you were continually warned would turn blue if keef got his own shithouse way.

      ..And you allowed keef to get his own shithouse way. Indeed, you continually lauded the shithousery as some sort of a ‘masterstroke’ (A euphemism for what you were actually up to when it came about, you filthy animal) and tried to tell us labour’d romp home… That it’d also ‘prevent the libtards from stealing labour votes.’

      …And you have t even got the bollocks to remind us how well THAT went, have ya?**

      But it was all Corbyn’s fault for reinstating someone who had allegations about him withdrawn

      Obviously the folk of Hartlepool were just kidding about leaving and actually were overwhelmingly in favour of keefs’ second ref shithousery.

      Hence williams’ (And keefs’) glorious, resounding unanimous triumph FUCKING OFF.

      Knobhead.

      **Because you have NO fucking idea about ANYTHING. You utterly clueless imbecile.

      1. Toffee – “But it was all Corbyn’s fault for reinstating someone who had allegations about him withdrawn”

        But it is untrue that the allegations were withdrawn and you don’t have any credible evidence that they were.

  15. Toffee – Who are you trying to convince, yourself?

    And who have you convinced – ever? About anything?

    The glaringly obvious answer is that people agree with .e, and everyone else derides you.

    But as you’re socially inadequate with an horrendous lack of self-awareness (and harbour some sort omnipotent/infallibility delusion for the utterly useless smarmer) the penny will never drop for you.

    It’s only a fraction of what you deserve.

  16. But it is untrue that the allegations were withdrawn and you don’t have any credible evidence that they were.

    Really? Best tell Wikipedia then.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartlepool_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

    Following an allegation of sexual assault made against him in September 2019, Hill sat as an Independent. However, three weeks later, the allegation was withdrawn, and he had the Labour whip restored

    More follows…

    1. Toffee – You do know how Wikipedia works, don’t you?

      I note that there are no links to support this claim, can you provide one?

  17. But it is untrue that the allegations were withdrawn and you don’t have any credible evidence that they were.

    Or perhaps the BBC were lying too, were they wee gobshite?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-50130414

    You were saying, dick head? 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

    Oh this ISGOLD Please DO continue 😂🤣😂🤣😂😭😂😂🤣😂🤣😂

    1. Toffee – Well I guess the BBC were reporting what they had been told. However more recent reports make it clear that Labour suspended their investigation in deference to the ongoing investigation by the parliamentary authorities. (Hill resigned immediately after they found him guilty)
      The complaint was not withdrawn.

    1. I wouldn’t even welcome smarmer to liver disease, such is my disdain for the beaut.

      If – IF – he shows up, he’s just bound to make another of his verbal balls-ups.

      Best pray you get yer lines right keef…They’re a fairly tolerant but most definitlely unforgiving bunch around here.

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