The first-ever official homeless deaths count in Scotland has uncovered the “devastating scale” of the 195 people who died without a home in 2018.
That was the view of Crisis Scotland director Grant Campbell after the National Records of Scotland (NRS) also revealed that those figures were a 19 per cent increase on the 164 people estimated to have died in 2017.
Now Campbell is calling for every death to be fully investigated so that local authorities and services can learn from systemic failings.
He said: “For the first time, we can see the true, devastating scale of the number of people who have died without a place to call home, because of failings within the very system which should have prevented them from falling into poverty and homelessness in the first place. Behind these figures are human beings – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters.
“Every death must be fully investigated so that we can learn from the failings which caused someone to die without a home.
NRS have today released new experimental #statistics which show that an estimated 195 deaths of people experiencing #homelessness were registered in #Scotland in 2018. This was an increase of 19% on the estimate of 164 in 2017 https://t.co/33602mho27#NRSStats@ScotStatpic.twitter.com/t5K8tMZdKm
— NatRecordsScot (@NatRecordsScot) February 5, 2020