"These figures show the scale of this government’s failure to tackle the housing shortage, which is central to the cost-of-living crisis. It is a tragedy that so close to Christmas, thousands of families are without a home," said Emma Reynolds, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, commenting on the figures.
According to the paper, Labour's analysis reveals that since 2010, there has been a 20 percent increase in child homelessness, and four times as many families with children were housed by their local councils in bed and breakfast hotels for more than six weeks, a practice which is against the law in the UK.
Labour's announcement comes after a press release on Tuesday from homeless charity Crisis, stating that research conducted by Cardiff University on its behalf showed that half of all homeless people in Britain first become homeless before the age of 21, with the majority of those people then entering into cycle of homelessness due to a lack of initial support. The study also showed that ten percent of homeless people have never has a permanent home in their adult life.