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Homelessness among old people soars by 39%, official figures reveal

The number of older people falling into homelessness has surged in recent years as benefit cuts leave them struggling to make ends meet.

Official data show there has been a 39 per cent rise in people over 60 approaching the authorities because they are in need of housing by local councils over the last five years, with the figure increasing from 1,800 in 2012-13 to 2,500 in 2017-18.

The new figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that Northern Ireland has also seen a marked increase (30 per cent) in the number of older households presenting as homeless, from 1,875 to 2,445 during the same period.

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