The number of homeless people in the UK now outnumbers the population of Newcastle.
There has been an increase of 13,000, bringing the total number of homeless people in the UK to 307,000, according to leading homeless charity Shelter.
That means that there ae more people sleeping rough or in temporary accomodation than the 296,478 residents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne local authority area.
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Shelter’s review – which combines official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures and social services figures – is reportedly the most extensive of its kind.
Chief executive Polly Neate said thousands were stuck trying to ‘escape the devastating trap of homelessness’, pointing to ‘decades of failure’ on building affordable homes and the effects of recent welfare cuts.
She said: ‘Some will have spent the night shivering on a cold pavement, others crammed into a dingy, hostel room with their children. And what …