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Shelter: More and more people struggling each year

A leading homeless charity expect to stretched to the limit with families in crisis this Christmas, despite receiving "some great help" from both the general public and major companies, their Chief Executive said.

Campbell Robb said welfare reforms like Universal Credit and the Bedroom Tax were making their job harder as there were "more and more people struggling" every year.

Over 2,000 families 'living in B&Bs' in UK

At least 2,090 families are living in B&Bs after losing their homes - the highest number for a decade, according to housing charity Shelter.

  • The number of families living out of a B&B has risen by 8% since 2012.
  • Homelessness reached a five year high this summer.
  • In 2012 113,260 people in England declared themselves homeless to their local council - an 11% increase over two years.

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Shelter warns of surge in homeless this Christmas

Christmas 2013 will see an "alarming" rise in the number of people seeking help for homelessness, housing charity Shelter has warned.

Shelter is bracing itself from a surge in calls from families facing homelessness this Christmas. Credit: PA

Last year, Shelter received more than 12,600 calls to their helpline in December - 15% more than in 2011.

Over the whole year, the total reached 174,177, a 10% rise year-on-year and equivalent to more than 470 callers per day.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive: "Tragically, with more people struggling to make ends meet and homelessness on the rise, we’re bracing ourselves for an increase in demand from families who desperately need our help.

"Our advisers will be working with families facing homelessness every day this Christmas to help them find a safe place to live and get back on their feet – but we urgently need more support this year."

Earlier this month Government figures showed 80,000 children were expected to be spend Christmas homeless.

Homelessness affecting 'every part of society'

Speaking to ITV News the Chief Executive of the charity Shelter, Campbell Robb, said homelessness was now affecting families across the country and every part of society.

We've seen a rise in homelessness in the last six months mainly because of the economic situation as people struggle to keep jobs, wages are also struggling, costs are going up and people are just beginning to really struggle to keep a roof over their head.

What we need to do is to help these people find a home, to get that secure and set themselves up for the future.

Mum-of-three: 'I couldn't afford food for my children'

Homeless charity Shelter has said the number of homeless families in Britain has been "rising steadily over recent months".

Daybreak's Carla Eberhardt speaks to mum-of-three Erika Garratt who had her home repossessed last year and had to move back in with her parents.

Ms Garratt said: "We just completely ran out of money. I was having to get family to buy food and we were relying on clothes gifts. It was stressful and awful."

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Downton stars help RAF raise awareness of the homeless

After feeding British soldiers at the Olympics, Royal Air Force No 3. Mobile Catering Squadron is back in action again, this time on the streets of London.

As part of the first ever UK wide 'Sleep Out', in support of homeless charity Centrepoint, the team is running a kitchen to feed 850 volunteer 'sleepers' in central London.

Royal Air Force No 3. Mobile Catering Squadron helping support homeless charity Centrepoint Credit: MoD

Celebrities and members of the public spend one night on the street each year to raise money for the charity. Among them this year is Downton Abbey's Tom Branson and Daisy Mason.

Downton's Tom Branson and Daisy Mason Credit: MoD

Homeless households 'on the rise'

The number of homeless households in England has risen by a quarter in the last three years, new figures show.

Some 50,290 families and individuals were classed as homeless and in need of emergency accommodation in 2011/12, compared with 40,020 in 2009/10 - an increase of more than 25%.

But despite the rise in the number of cases, spending on tackling homelessness fell from £213.7 million to £199.8 million between 2009/10 and 2010/11, data experts SSentif said.

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