This year there has been a 64% rise in people sleeping rough in Leicester, say statistics released by the government. A local interfaith winter night shelter, running since December, has taken over a quarter of the officially counted 36 people off the streets each night. Guests receive a warm bed, meals and company. 250 volunteers drawn from people of different faiths and none have volunteered at the shelter because they are deeply concerned by the growing numbers sleeping out in the freezing weather.
More than half of children now living in poverty in some parts of the UK
14.2 million people in the UK population are in poverty. That includes 4.5 million children, 8.4 million working-age adults, and 1.4 million pension-age adults. 7.7 million people live in persistent poverty. Almost half (6.9 million) of those trapped in poverty are living in families with a person with disabilities.