Number of homeless children in Leeds rockets

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Leeds rose from five to 67 in a year
The number of children in temporary accommodation in Leeds rose from five to 67 in a year
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The number of homeless children in Leeds rocketed in the last year, new figures show.

At the end of June there were 67 youngsters in temporary accommodation in the city – up from just five 12 months earlier.

About 70 per cent (47) were living in women’s refuges, with the rest put up by the council in privately-owned accommodation.

The increase comes as a charity makes an urgent appeal for help to prevent thousands of children across the country spending Christmas without a home.

Shelter said its advisers were struggling to cope with demand from families battling to keep a roof over their heads.

Director of services Alison Mohammed said: “Worrying about your child’s safety every day, eating dinners on the floor, and sharing beds – this is no way for a family to live.

“But sadly we know we’re going to have even more families coming to us who are facing the reality of Christmas without a place to call home.

“That’s why we urgently need the public’s support to help us make sure we can be there for more homeless families this Christmas.”

The Government insisted it had invested heavily to tackle homelessness.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government added: “We have made over £1bn available since 2010, to prevent and tackle homelessness and support vulnerable households, and statutory homelessness acceptances are now less than half the 2003-04 peak. Our investment has helped prevent almost a million households from becoming homeless.”

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