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Report reveals extent of child homelessness

PUBLISHED: 15:34 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

by Michael Parker THOUSANDS of children are trapped in temporary accommodation in the East End this Christmas, a shock report reveals this week. Almost 4,400 youngsters in Tower Hamlets are living accommodation such as bed and breakfast hotels or hostels

THOUSANDS of children are trapped in temporary accommodation in the East End this Christmas, a shock report reveals this week.

Almost 4,400 youngsters in Tower Hamlets are living accommodation such as bed and breakfast hotels or hostels

They are among 400,000 across London who are growing up homeless, in temporary or poor quality and overcrowded housing, according to the Shelter homeless charity.

London's present housing crisis was made worse by spiralling house prices which take family homes out of the range of earnings, says Shelter.

A spokeswoman at the charity's Whitechapel HQ said: "Coupled with a chronic shortage of council houses for those in the greatest need, it becomes a 'catch 22' that condemns many of our poorest children to suffer bad housing and homelessness with all its devastating effects."

Kids in bad housing are twice as likely to leave school with no GCSEs, Shelter points out.

More than a-quarter-of-a-million children in bad housing suffer long-term illness or disability.

The report, Against the Odds, is calling for Whitehall funding for 5,330 more council houses a year across the capital to combat the shortage.

Meanwhile, charity bosses are appealing for public support for their campaign against bad housing by signing a brick on their 90ft 'wall of shame' on the Southbank.

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