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Ten Homeless Deaths In Warrington Since 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 4:12pm

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

Ten homeless people are believed to have died in Warrington since 2013, according to figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest research into the deaths of homeless people.

The figures state there were 541 identified deaths in England and Wales in 2018, up from 491 in 2017.

In Warrington, according to the figures, there was one identified death of a homeless person in 2013, one in 2014, two in 2015, four in 2016, two in 2017 and 0 in 2018 – a total of 10.

However, Warrington Borough Council says it is ‘unable to confirm or dispute these experimental figures’.

A spokesman said: “It is important to note that the ONS has set out limitations in relation to this data, stating that ‘the figures produced are experimental statistics, that is, they are in the testing phase and not yet fully developed – it is important that users are aware of the limitations of the estimates reported in this release’.

“In addition, the ONS states that rates calculated where there are fewer than 20 deaths need to be treated with caution as they are potentially unreliable.”

But the authority was keen to highlight the efforts in place to support those in need.

The spokesman added: “Every person who is homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or sleeping rough is in need of support to get back on track with their lives.

“We are committed to supporting these people and work closely with our partner agencies to ensure that they are offered help and advice, through a range of services, to prevent them from becoming homeless.

“Anyone sleeping rough is offered a safe place for the night throughout the winter period and we do everything we can to offer individuals the help they need to get off the streets and move forward with their lives.”

The council helps to provide a range of provision for rough sleepers, including Housing Plus services, the New Start project, James Lee House, Verve Place, Room at the Inn and Forum Housing.

Residents aware of someone sleeping rough are urged to report it at warrington.gov.uk/roughsleepers, or by calling 246868 during office hours, or 444400 outside office hours.

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