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Shelter said it is bracing itself for an increase in demand for help due to Government benefit cuts.
It comes as the housing charity announces that five million families have cut back on food to meet payments on their home.
A charity has warned that more than five million families with children cut back on food last year as they struggled to stay in their homes.
Less than half of households with children scaled back on their food shopping, equating to 5.5 million if the figures were projected nationally, Shelter said.
More than a quarter said they had reduced their use of gas or electricity, to help meet rent or mortgage payments.
As wages stagnate, rents have soared due to a strong demand in the rental sector, as would-be home buyers have struggled to get access to a mortgage.