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Council questions Shelter figures stating 4,481 people are homeless in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 14:22 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 14 November 2017

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The figures were published on Wednesday

Thousands of people are living without a permanent roof over their head, according to new figures.

Homelessness charity Shelter this week revealed nearly 4,500 people are homeless - but Bromley council is disputing those numbers.

According to the charity, 4,478 people are living in temporary accommodation in Bromley, while there are three rough sleepers, putting it within the top 50 highest local authorities for homelessness numbers, though notably in the bottom half for London.

Shelter has assured the figures, which are taken from a variety of sources including the Department for Communities and Local Government, are “robust lower-end estimates of recorded homelessness”.

A council spokesperson said however: “We do not recognise the number being quoted in Shelter’s report and it should be stressed that there are very few rough sleepers in the borough. Factually, there are approximately 1,600 households in temporary accommodation and our strong focus remains on preventing homelessness wherever possible.

“The unique and well documented position of London means that national homelessness figures are dominated by London boroughs and Bromley is included in this but thankfully at lower levels than many others.

“The sheer size of our borough, being London’s largest and one of the most highly populated, also helps explain the absolute numbers and further disguises Bromley’s record.

“Whilst this is a recognised national problem, we will continue to do everything to improve the situation we can locally by increasing the housing supply, looking at modular construction methods and other innovative housing schemes.”

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