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The number of homeless children has hit a 13-year high in what Labour brand the “national shame” of a decade of Tory rule. Some 127,370 children were stuck in temporary accommodation between April and June – the most since spring 2006.

The figures do not include rough sleepers but include tens of thousands trapped in ill-equipped B&Bs, waiting for a home that takes too long to come.

Despite the Tories vowing to eliminate rough sleeping by 2024, the number of kids in temporary accommodation has risen for two quarters running and is up 75% since 2010. Overall the number of households that are homeless or facing homelessness in England rose by 11% in a year to 68,170.

And Crisis said the number of households with an unwell or disabled person, owed a duty by their local council, had shot up by 14% in a year.

John Healey, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “The national shame of high and rising homelessness this Christmas is a direct result of 10 years of the Conservatives.”

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source: The Mirror
published: 18 December 2019

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