HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW FIFTY HOMELESS DEATHS IN GREATER MANCHESTER LAST YEAR
 

Star date: 20th December 2018

HOMELESS DEATHS ARE 'HUMANITARIAN CRISIS'

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released official figures for the first time showing fifty homeless deaths in Greater Manchester last year. And Paul Barlow, Director of Independent Together, which provides leaving care services for 16-25 year-olds, says it represents a "humanitarian crisis".

While many are treating these figures as underestimates, the ONS found that the number of deaths had increased by a quarter in five years.

Full details here...


Exactly a year ago, the Salford Star questioned whether there was a cover up on releasing the number of homeless people who had died on the streets, after a lady was convinced she saw a man die in a doorway and the authorities just wouldn't give out any information (see here).

Now, at last, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the first official count of homeless deaths which show an estimated fifty homeless people died last year in Greater Manchester, with 597 nationally.

Men made up 84 per cent of the deaths, with an average age of 44 years, while it was 42 years for women, much lower than the 76 years and 81 years respectively for the general population.

Drug poisoning was the cause of death for 190 homeless people (32 per cent), an increase of 51 per cent in five years. Other causes included suicide and liver disease.

The figures were arrived at by two counts - crowdsourcing information from a network of journalists, charities and homelessness organisations, and the ONS analysing death registrations looking for clues, such as addresses of homeless shelters.
 
Paul Barlow, Director of Independent Together, which provides leaving care services for 16-25 year-olds, says the number of homeless deaths represents a "humanitarian crisis...

"The number of deaths is so shockingly high because of the sheer number of rough sleepers on our streets" he explains "There are undoubtedly more rough sleepers on the region's streets than the official figures suggest. In the official statistics, someone who has been on the streets for virtually the whole year but finds a bed for one night does not count as a rough sleeper. Disguising the figures does not help the problem at root cause."

Even Greater Manchester Combined Authority is now stating there are twice as many rough sleepers across Greater Manchester than the official numbers indicate...at least five hundred rough sleepers on the region's streets every night.

In recent weeks, Paul Barlow has warned that more teenagers face ending up on the streets after Government delays to restore housing benefit for people aged 18 to 21. He also believes rising residential rents coupled with high demand is putting a strain on local government in the fight against homelessness.

"In Manchester, we are already seeing an uplift in rental prices and demand is very high" he says "Rising rents are putting the whole system under pressure. In our experience, private owners are also reluctant to let to tenants without references from employers or previous landlords, or to benefit claimants.

"This is where a company like ours needs to act as an intermediary, matching people in need of a roof over their heads with the right kind of accommodation, while providing landlords with the necessary assurances around payments and looking after their properties" he adds "At Independent Together we are working to ease the pressure by housing and integrating young adults back into society."


Meanwhile, the occupation of an old doctor's surgery in Eccles is keeping a roof over homeless people's heads this Christmas see previous Salford Star article for full details click here

Stu Errat wrote
at 21:06:52 on 21 December 2018
So just when is Big Mouth Burnham going to sort this out as he promised ? Or isnt it a good enough photo opportunity ?

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Giraffe
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
You spoke ref. Peel Holdings working with us. Last week it was taking people 2 hourd to get home due to an accident on the motorw... [more]
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
I may not understand the way things work but not once did I see our Mayor stand up & stick up for our cause , all I could see was ... [more]
article: STAR WARS LANDS IN ECCLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR AUTISTIC SOCIETY
i was part of the troop i'm the founder of north staffs stormtroopers i do darth vader and also stormtrooper..was a great day with... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Ok Ray , lets build 80 or 90 dirt cheap starter flats, and have lots of people living in the land that is surrounded by parkland.... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Rayofsunshine - You should probably ask that question to the Mayor and his cabinet. However, while I agree with you, I do believe ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS

Star date: 21st January 2019

'DON'T UNDERSTIMATE OUR PASSION'... 'LEAVE US ALONE!'... 'WE'RE GOING TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS!'

Tonight a Special Community Committee Meeting took place for Irlam and Cadishead to discuss the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which proposes 1,600 houses to be built in the green belt near Irlam Station.

Passionate opposition speeches from the community covered all issues, from infrastructure to pollution, affordable housing to loss of Grade 1 agricultural land and the unstable site proposed for development. Not one single person present spoke in favour of the proposals.

Full details here...

STAR WARS LANDS IN ECCLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR AUTISTIC SOCIETY

Star date: 21st January 2019

DARTH VADER AND CO RAISE OVER 130 FOR AUSTIC SOCIETY

Star Wars characters landed in Eccles Shopping Centre at the weekend and raised 132 for the Autistic Society of Greater Manchester. Alongside Darth Vader were Stormtroopers, a Wookiee, Jedis and more.

Full details here...

MANCHESTER MELTDOWN 4 AT THE PEER HAT

Star date: 20th January 2019

ROSE AND THE DIAMOND HAND, BANG UP TO THE ELEPHANT, FOUR CANDLES AND MATTHEW HOPKINS

Manchester Meltdown 4
Wednesday 23rd January
The Peer Hat, Manchester

Four ace bands feature in Manchester Meltdown 4 this Wednesday, including two bands, Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins, who played at the Eagle Inn Salford Star Benefit last November. Ian Leslie chats with Matthew Hopkins' Julia about tales of mystery, magic and prostitution.

Full details here...

SALFORD LADY MARGARET MCHALE TURNS ONE HUNDRED AT THE BROUGHTONS

Star date: 20th January 2019

FROM HANKY PARK TO LITTLETON ROAD VIA LANCASTER BOMBERS AND THE 'MONKEY RUN'

Salford's Margaret McHale turned one hundred this week as her six children and relatives gathered for a huge party at The Broughtons Care Home. Born in Hanky Park, Margaret moved around central Salford, to Ellor Street, Warburton Street and finally to Littleton Road, as part of the slum clearances.

A proper Salford lass, Margaret worked on Lancaster Bombers during the war and as a machinist in Strangeways, and, as the family partied with residents and staff, there were a zillion anecdotes that will echo with loads of local families.

Full details here...

NEW SALFORD APPRENTICESHIPS AT ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST

Star date: 20th January 2019

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, is looking to take on young Salford people and has places for craft apprenticeships, which include overhead line workers and cable jointers, and higher level apprenticeships, which include roles such as design and control engineer.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx