Benefit tales

More than a quarter of a million people in England are homeless, with Westminster named as the country’s worst hotspot according to analysis from Shelter.

The charity, releasing figures to mark its 50th anniversary on Thursday, calculated that there are almost 255,000 people with no permanent home across the country.

Shelter’s homelessness figures include the numbers of people living in hostels and other types of temporary accommodation, as well as those sleeping rough on England’s streets.

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