Homelessness on the rise in Britain
Commenting on the new report, Shelter chief executive Polly Neate said that: "These new figures show that homelessness is having a devastating impact on the lives of people right across the country. Due to the perfect storm of spiralling rents, welfare cuts and a total lack of social housing, record numbers of people are sleeping out on the streets or stuck in the cramped confines of a hostel room." Adding: "We desperately need action now to change tomorrow for the hundreds of thousands whose lives will be blighted by homelessness this winter."
This chart shows the number of people recorded homeless by Shelter in Great Britain from 2016 to 2018.