Campaigning charity Shelter claims 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas - the highest number for 12 years.
It claims a child loses their home every eight minutes, and says there are some 5,683 homeless families with children currently living in emergency B&Bs and hostels – which it says is widely considered the worst type of accommodation.
Shelter also says that in England, the areas with the highest proportion of homeless children are the London boroughs Kensington & Chelsea, Haringey, Westminster and Newham where one in every 12 children are homeless.
Outside the capital, the places with the highest concentration of homeless children are Luton (one in every 22 children), Brighton & Hove (one in every 30) and Manchester (one in every 47).
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, says: “The fact 183 children become homeless every day is a scandalous figure and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.
“Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the country. They are being uprooted from friends; living in cold, cramped B&Bs and going to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.”