Homeless charity Shelter is calling on political parties to put housing at the top of their agenda.

In Salford alone, one in every 378 children does not have a home – the second highest proportion of homeless children in the North West of England.

According to a report by Shelter, 4,150 children are homeless in the North West, which continues to increase by 18 children every day.

Other areas with high levels of homeless children include Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

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Shelter’s report has also highlighted the number of families living in emergency bed and breakfasts and hostels, where they are often crammed into a tiny room with poor cooking facilities and no room to play.

The charity is calling on political parties to put housing at the top of their agenda, and are asking the public to support its urgent Christmas appeal.

John Ryan, Shelter’s Manchester Hub manager, said: “The fact 18 children in the North West become homeless every day is a scandalous figure, and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.

“Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the region. Many are being uprooted from their friends, while others are forced to live in cramped B&B’s and go to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.

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“Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, our front line advisers can support more homeless families in the North West to get to a better place. Every donation will help Shelter to be there for everyone who need us this Christmas.”

To donate to Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal visit www.shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70030 to donate £3.

Shelter receives 100 per cent of your donation.

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