Homelessness has increased by 63% in Wales according to the homeless charity Crisis, who estimate there will be more than 24,000 people in Britain sleeping rough over Christmas.

The new figures released by Crisis show that across Britain there are more than 12,300 people sleeping on the street. The charity says a further 12,000 are spending the night in cars, trains, buses, or tents.

Crisis say the figures “complete the picture” compared to government statistics as the new data combines local authority estimates with academic studies, statutory statistics, and data from homelessness support services.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis said: “Christmas should be a time of joy, but for thousands of people sleeping rough, in tents or on public transport, it will be anything but.

“While most of the country will be celebrating and enjoying a family meal, those who are homeless will face a struggle just to stay safe and escape the cold.

“We’re asking members of the public who want to help to support our work this Christmas and year-round – so we can be there for everyone who needs us and give people in the most vulnerable circumstances support to leave homelessness behind for good.”

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