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Thousands of children set for a homeless Christmas

Over 60,000 children in the capital are facing Christmas homeless this year, according to a new report from the charity Shelter.

The charity has found that the number of families living in B&B's and in shared housing has almost doubled in the past three years.

Thousands of families will wake up homeless on Christmas day, Shelter has warned Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

More than half of those families also say their children's mental and emotional health has been affected by their living situation.

Some children are facing a commute of up to two hours to get to school because of their living arrangements.

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'Over 57,000 London children will wake up homeless on Christmas Day'

More than 57,000 children in London will wake up homeless on Christmas Day, housing and homelessness charity Shelter has warned today, enough to fill 254 primary schools in the region.

Shelter is highlighting the figures to launch its new campaign to raise awareness of the plight of homeless families in the area this Christmas, whose numbers have increased steadily over recent months.

Seventeen of the 29 London boroughs that supplied data will each have more than 1000 homeless children living in temporary accommodation.

Of particular concern is the increase in families forced to live in B&Bs in London, which has almost doubled in the last year.