Homelessness charity Shelter has warned that over 80,000 children across the UK, 5,000 of these in Scotland, will be housed in temporary accommodation this Christmas and has launched an emergency appeal to help with the “desperate conditions” some families face.
Councils are using emergency accommodation such as B&Bs, where children are often exposed to violence, threats, and drug use, to house families with young children.
Parents also face difficulties with feeding their children in such accommodation, as there are often no adequate cooking facilities, with many forced to rely on unhealthy convenience food such as pot noodles.
They have seen the number of people calling their housing and homelessness helpline rise rapidly and have again joined forces with Marks and Spencer to raise funds for its running costs. The retailer will donate 5p to the charity for every Christmas “Food on the Move” product sold.