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Almost 13,000 houses empty for 10 years as 127,000 kids face homelessness in 2020

Almost 13,000 homes have stood empty for at least 10 years, new figures have revealed.

Government figures show 127,000 children face being homeless at New Year.

Yet a staggering 46,964 homes have been empty for 5 years or more and 313,792 have been empty for more than six months according to an investigation by the Liberal Democrats .

Former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron said the figures showed a "national emergency" and demanded urgent action to alleviate the housing crisis to ensure "every child has the security of a warm bed."

Just 21 councils - fewer than 1 in 10 - have made use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO) in the past five years.

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