As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 11th October, Stephanie has labelled the Government ‘callous’ after figures show the biggest increase since records began in the number of homeless people who died last year.
In figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), twice as many homeless people died in Barnsley last year compared to the previous five years combined.
Last year, four people homeless people tragically died on Barnsley’s streets.
This compares to two from 2013 to 2017.
The figure reflects a huge increase nationally, in which an estimated 726 homeless people died across the UK.
The number represents an increase of 22 per cent on the previous year – the biggest rise on record.
Since data collection began, there has been an overall increase of 51 per cent in the number of homeless people dying on Britain’s streets.
In Yorkshire and the Humber there were an estimated 70 deaths, up from 26 in 2014.
Charities have identified increased drug use, austerity, and cuts to support services as the main cause of the rise.
Commenting on the figures, Barnsley MP Peacock said:
“People being left to sleep rough without a roof over their heads should shame us all, and the increase in those who have tragically died on our streets shows this is a national emergency.
“After falling under the last Labour Government, homelessness is skyrocketing as the Tories have spent the best part of a decade slashing vital support services like housing benefit and funding for homelessness facilities.
“Instead of removing the vital safety nets some of the most vulnerable people in our communities rely on, this callous Government should immediately address this homelessness crisis and end this national shame.”