A report released by the charity Shelter shows that nearly 8500 children in East Anglia are homeless, more than double the figure from five years ago.

Shelter says 167 children in the east live in temporary accommodation, and that emergency housing is often miles from loved ones and school. They say this often leaves families in one room with little space to cook or eat.

This is the first time the charity has been able to uncover the rate at which children are made homeless, as opposed to more general figures. The report, released on Tuesday 3rd December, reveals that 15 children in the East of England are losing their homes each day.

  • ITV Anglia’s Jonathan Wills spoke to Shelter Policy Manager Rose Grayston about the issue:

In Chelmsford there are 360 homeless children, and in Colchester there are 250. Luton ranked worst in the region with 2,700 children without a home, while Peterborough has 422 and Harlow 295.

The “Generation Homeless” report says that child homelessness is at its highest rate since 2006 and at least 135,000 children in the UK will be living in temporary accommodation on Christmas Day.