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The charity Shelter insists the overall figure, 254,514, released to mark 50 years since its founding, is a "robust lower-end estimate".

A further study in 2017 showed a large increase of homelessness to 307,000 an increase of 13,000 on the previous year.

Studies prior to this were much more adhoc, but indicate a increase of approximately 15% in homelessness between 2012 and 2014

Overall there has been a 17.1% increase in homelessness in 2 years and a 29% in homelessness since 2012

From 2012 to 2014 child homelessness increased by 15% in the two years

2014 to the beginning of 2018 saw child homelessness increase by a further 32%

The overall increase in child homelessness since the Tories came to power in 2010 is 60% from 74,610 in 2010 to 123,130 by Q1 2018

7% are living in Bed and Breakfast, 7% in hostels, 26% in nightly paid accomodation, 20% in HA stock, and 32% with private landlords

Accomodation is often sub-standard, overcrowded and with a lack of even a short term permanance

It is estimated that 1.6 million children live in accomodation that is overcrowded, temporary or run-down

The increase in rough sleepers can be attributed to cuts in mental health services, a decline in social housing with growing waiting lists and the overall unaffordability of housing

Measurements of rough sleepers tends to show the trend rather than exact figures

Between 2010 and 2017 recorded rough sleeping increased from 1800 to 4800. On the trend upwards this indicates rough sleeping has trebled since the Tories (+libdems) entered government

There are only 6 women’s probation hostels providing a total of 112 beds

Homeless women do not want to stay in the only (mixed-sex) accommodation offered to them, so instead choose to sleep rough

They are also more vulnerable to exploitation and tend to be more hidden when homeless

The government has no strategy to help vunerable homeless women

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