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Barking and Dagenham has eighth highest rate of recorded homelessness in London

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2017

A homeless person sleeping rough in a doorway. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A homeless person sleeping rough in a doorway. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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A report out today has ranked Barking and Dagenham as eighth in a list of "homeless hotspots" in London.

One in every 37 people - 5,578 out of 206,460 - were found to be homeless in the borough over the last year, housing charity Shelter said.

The vast majority of these - 5,573 - were living in temporary accommodation [estimate based on household type] while five were sleeping rough.

Neighbouring borough Newham topped the list with one in 25 people classed as homeless.

A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council said it “recognises the seriousness of the issues our communities face and has in place a number of innovative initiatives to tackle a situation that is clearly of great concern” but criticised the charity’s data.

He said: “Shelter is a national homelessness charity and we respect the work that they do, but the figure for Barking and Dagenham is 1,900 households living in temporary accommodation, including children.”

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