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A study by The Guardianfound that the number of homeless people dying on the streets or in temporary accommodation has more than doubled over the last five years. And this shocking statistic provides yet more evidence of the growing homeless crisis in the UK.
With people found dead in supermarket car parks, church graveyards and crowded hostels, the number of deaths has risen year on year, from 31 in 2013 to 70 in 2017. At least 230 people have died over that period.
These figures can only provide an estimate of the number of deaths on the streets. Since 2010, the number of people sleeping rough in the UK has risen 169%. A government snapshot estimated [pdf, p3] that there were 4,751 rough sleepers in the UK last autumn. But homeless charities have said these figures fail to reflect actual levels of rough sleeping.
The Guardian explained that, in 2017, there had been “an average of more than one death a week” and that these figures:
are likely to be a substantial underestimate, as no part of the UK government records homeless death statistics at a national level, and local authorities are not required to count rough sleeper deaths.