Eighteen homeless people have died in Stoke-on-Trent over the last five years, according to official estimates. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the city has the third highest number of homeless deaths in the West Midlands. The ONS identified 15 incidents of homeless people dying in Stoke-on-Trent between 2013 to 2017, based on death registration records. And it is estimated there were a further three homeless people who died in this period who were not identified as homeless in the records. Only Birmingham and Coventry had higher figures in the region. Over the same period, Newcastle had six deaths, Stafford two and Cheshire East 15. No deaths of homeless people were recorded in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The ONS estimates that 597 homeless people died across England and Wales in 2017, with Stoke-on-Trent accounting for five of these. But officials say these are ‘conservative’ estimates, meaning the real figures could be higher. Most of the people included in the figures were sleeping rough, or using emergency accommodation, at or around the time of death. While the national figures show an increase in deaths over the five-year period, there does not appear to be any local trend, up or… Read full this story
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