The number of homeless children has risen by nearly 60 per cent since the year the Conservatives came to power, official figures suggest.

According to data collated by Department for Communities and Local Government there are now 114,930 children living in temporary accommodation every night.

This figure is up by 58 per cent since 2010, when David Cameron came to power.

The number of families with children declared homeless are similarly up by 70 per cent – with such families now making up two thirds of homeless cases.

The stark analysis comes as the Government throws its support behind a Homelessness Reduction Bill, aimed at putting new legal requirements on local councils to stop people becoming homeless in the first place.

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