LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A homeless person sleeps in a doorway in the West End on December 8, 2016 in London, England. Homelessness charity Shelter estimates that more than a quarter of a million people have no permanent home. Westminster in London is one of the worst hotspots for homelessness in England with one in 25 without a home according to Shelter figures. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The number of families being declared homeless has rocketed by more a third since the Conservatives took power in 2010, analysis of new official statistics by The Independent has revealed. 
Between April 2016 and March 2017, 59,100 families were declared homeless by local authorities in England – a rise of 34 per cent on the same period in 2010-11.
The statistics paint a bleak picture of the UK housing crisis and the impact a lack of decent, affordable homes is having on thousands of families.
There has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of families being housed in insecure temporary accommodation. In particular, bed and breakfast-type hotels are increasingly being used to house families for long periods of time as local councils struggle to find them proper homes to live in.
There are now 77,240 families in England currently living in temporary accommodation – up from 48,240 just six years ago. Of …
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