Homelessness in the UK

More than 400 people died while homeless last year in the UK with the youngest aged just 18, a nationwide investigation has found. More than 400 people died homeless in the UK over the last year, investigation finds 'These deaths are premature and entirely preventable' No less than 10 homeless people died on the streets of Essex in the last 12 months

 

More than 300,000 people in Britain – equivalent to one in every 200 – are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to figures released by the charity Shelter. For homeless families poor credit and debt are major obstacles to self-sufficiency.

Homelessness Among Ethnic Minorities

Homelessness among ethnic minorities has reached the highest level in more than a decade and has rocketed since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, The Independent has revealed. A new analysis of official statistics shows 5,030 black and minority ethnic (BAME) households were categorised as homeless between July and September 2016 - up from 3,310 during the same period in 2010. It means the number of BAME households being accepted as homeless has risen four times faster than among other groups. Between the summer of 2010, shortly after the Conservatives took office, and the summer of 2016 homelessness among BAME households increased by 52 per cent, compared with 13 per among people classed as "White British". Ethnic minorities now account for up to 40 per cent of all homeless households in England, despite being just 15 percent of the population.

 

In 2017/18, there were 56,580 households in England in 'statutory homelessness', which is when a household is unintentionally homeless and is considered a priority – of those, 35,020 (or 62%) were White households (including White ethnic minorities).14% of all homeless households were Black, 9% were Asian, 4% were from a Mixed ethnic background and 4% were from the Other ethnic group; ethnicity wasn't known for 6% of homeless households.

 

In Essex the percentage of BAME homeless were as follow.

Chelmsford: 5%Asians, 5% Black, Basildon: 3% Asians,10% Black, Colchester: No figure for Asians, 9% Black, Harlow :21% Asians, 22% Black, Southend-On-Sea :7% Asians,5% Black

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