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Bexley revealed as 'homelessness hotspot' - here's what the council had to say

PUBLISHED: 15:20 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:20 02 December 2016

Bexley has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country

Bexley has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country

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Shelter has warned of a 'modern day housing crisis'

Figures released this week revealed Bexley as one of 50 ‘homelessness hotspots’ in the UK.

The Greater London borough ranked 30, with one in every 129 people estimated to be homeless.

Six people are known to be sleeping rough with just under 1,900 in temporary accommodation.

Shelter, the charity behind the figures, warned “a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country.”

Responding to the stats, a Bexley council spokesperson said: “Homelessness is a Londonwide issue.

“In common with other local authorities in the capital, we have a limited housing supply and we work hard to protect council taxpayers by havinga fair but robust allocations policy.

“This policy ensures the places we do have go to those who need it most.

“Homeless families are given priority for permanent rehousing, however we are restricted by the available supply.”

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