Full house

The number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation has more than doubled in England since 1997 to reach an all-time high of more than 100,000, according to Shelter. In its Generation Squalor report, released last week, the charity said that more than 110,000 children are affected by the 'housing crisis' and almost one in 10 lives in overcrowded conditions or temporary accommodation. Adam Sampson, director of Shelter, said: "We are calling for a trebling of investment in social housing.

Only with this extra focus will housing be given the priority it, and the children affected by it, deserve." Politicians, including housing minister Keith Hill, faced a grilling from the public about their housing agenda at Shelter's Housing Hustings.

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