The UK homeless death toll since last winter has risen to 550 people, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as the first official figures are set to be released.
The Bureau’s Dying Homeless project revealed that 449 homeless people had died in a year when they unveiled the first count of its kind to widespread shock in October.
But their latest update has uncovered another 105 deaths, among them Big Issue vendors Istvan Kakas and Jo Jones, taking the toll to 554.
Good: @ONS is preparing to publish official estimates of deaths of homeless people in December as experimental statistics https://t.co/rzVRZ7fJ90
— John Bird (@johnbirdswords) November 21, 2018
The ground-breaking project has beaten the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the race to produce figures, using a network of journalists (including The Big Issue), charities and homelessness organisations.
Experimental ONS stats for England and Wales are due to be released on December 20.