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Almost 2,700 children in the North West will be homeless on Christmas day

Date published: 05 December 2017


A shocking 2,684 children in the North West will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas, a new report by Shelter reveals.

Across Britain, one in every 111 children is currently homeless, and with the country still at the mercy of a worsening housing crisis, 2017 has seen the highest numbers of homeless children in a decade.

In the last year alone, 61% of the families helped by Shelter’s frontline services were homeless or on the brink of losing their home. With at least seven families becoming homeless every day in the North West, the charity is calling on the public to support its urgent Christmas appeal.

To expose the devastating reality of homelessness, Shelter carried out in-depth interviews with children and their parents living in emergency B&Bs and hostels. This is widely considered the worst type of temporary accommodation.

In the investigation:

In England, where the highest number of families are placed into B&Bs, 45% stay beyond the six-week legal limit.

The charity’s findings lay bare the psychological turmoil experienced by families living in these cramped conditions for often long periods of time, including:

John Ryan, Shelter Manchester hub manager, said: “It is a national scandal that the number of homeless children in Britain has risen every year for the last decade. No child should have to spend Christmas without a home - let alone more than 2,600 children in the North West.

“Many of us will spend Christmas day enjoying all of the festive traditions we cherish, but sadly it will be a different story for those children hidden away in cramped B&Bs or hostel rooms. Imagine living in a noisy strange place full of people you do not know, and waking up exhausted from having no choice but to share a bed with your siblings or parents.

“That is why our frontline advisers will continue to work tirelessly to help more families fighting homelessness. But we can not do this alone. We are asking people to help a homeless family and make giving to Shelter their new Christmas tradition.”

To support Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal visit www.shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70080 to donate £3.


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