Thursday, 10 December 2015

No More Deaths On Our Streets - Homelessness Kills

I have taken the liberty to cut and paste the following article from a report about a rough sleeper, in Glasgow, a single homeless man for whom 'tragedy' and very much like a thief who came in the middle of the night and stole without reservation his whole life.

His tragedy was that of being unable to put a roof over his head, which led to his premature death, a death that could have been prevented given the existence of political will that is very much missing in what some will have us believe to be a civilised and humane society.

The truth is we are in a great many respects far from being civilised and humane when you chew on some of these hard statistics.

From the records of deaths in England between 2001-2009, 1,731 were identified as having been homeless people. Of these 90% were male and 10% female whereas the gender split of deaths of the adult general population is 48% male and 52% female.  

Nearly a third of the deaths of homeless people identified from the records were in the London region.

Homeless people are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at 43, compared to 77 for the general population, 74 for men and 80 for women. It is important to note that this is not life expectancy; it is the average age of death of those who die on the streets or while resident in homeless accommodation.

Man found dead in Glasgow city centre lane was sleeping rough (Glasgow Evening Times 9/12/2015)

POLICE have identified a man who was found dead in a city centre lane
The 41-year-old was discovered by horrified office workers in Wellington Lane, near to West Campbell Street, yesterday morning.

He is believed to have been sleeping rough in the lane.

An investigation was launched and officers sealed off the lane at around 6.30am.

Forensic specialists are due to carry out a post-mortem examination in a bid to establish the cause of death.

Police said the death was not being treated as "suspicious" but a full investigation was under way.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police were called to a report of a man lying unconscious in Wellington Lane, in Glasgow city centre, at around 6.30am.

"Officers attended and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

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