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Homeless children hit 14-year high as 130,000 stuck in B&Bs and temporary shelter

The number of homeless children has hit a 14-year high - with almost 130,000 stuck in B&Bs and temporary shelter.

Devastating new figures today show there were 129,380 children living in temporary accommodation in England on March 31.

The number is up 3.1% on last year and is the highest quarterly figure recorded since summer 2006.

More than two-thirds of all people stuck in temporary accommodation - a measure of homeless - have dependent children living with them.

And some 1,550 parents with children are living in what are supposed to be short-term B&Bs.

While that was a 29% drop on last year, 530 of those parents had still been in B&Bs beyond the legal limit of six weeks.

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