More than 250,000 people are homeless across Britain and the majority are in London

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More than 250,000 people are homeless across Britain and the majority are in London

One in every 25 people in Westminster are homeless (Picture: Getty Images)

More than 255,000 people in England are homeless.

Yes, really.

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And one in every 25 people in Westminster are living in temporary accommodation… or on the streets, making it the leading place for homelessness.

In fact, 34 out of 50 of the places topping the chart are in London, with Newham in second place, Haringey in third and Kensington and Chelsea in fourth.

Other destinations include Brighton, Birmingham, Slough, Bristol, Coventry, Reading and Manchester.

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London topped the charts for having the most homeless people on the streets (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Shelter released the shocking figures to mark its 50th anniversary today, calculating that there are more than a quarter of a million people with no permanent home across the country.

The study includes the numbers of people living in hostels and other types of temporary accommodation, as well as those sleeping rough on the streets.

In Birmingham, Shelter found that one in 119 people have no permanent home, 9,524 were living in temporary accommodation and another 36 were sleeping rough.

And in Westminster, an enormous 265 people are sleeping on the streets.

Top 50 places for homelessness in England

1. Westminster, London: One in 25
2. Newham, London: One in 27
3. Haringey, London: One in 28
4. Kensington and Chelsea, London: One in 30
5. Brent, London: One in 33
6. Hackney, London: One in 34
7. Enfield, London: One in 35
8. Tower Hamlets, London: One in 37
9. Waltham Forest, London: One in 38
10. Barking and Dagenham, London: One in 40
11. Barnet, London: One in 48
12. Redbridge, London: One in 48
13. Croydon, London: One in 49
14. Lewisham, London: One in 50
15. Ealing, London: One in 53
16. Hammersmith and Fulham, London: One in 53
17. Lambeth, London: One in 57
18. Luton, East of England: One in 63
19. Southwark, London: One in 69
20. Brighton and Hove, South East: One in 69
21. Hounslow, London: One in 80
22. Wandsworth, London: One in 81
23. Bromley, London: One in 82
24. Harrow, London: One in 86
25. City of London, London: One in 91
26. Kingston upon Thames, London: One in 93
27. Islington, London: One in 95
28. Birmingham, West Midlands: One in 119
29. Havering, London: One in 128
30. Bexley, London: One in 129
31. Broxbourne, South East: One in 135
32. Hillingdon, London: One in 146
33. Watford, South East: One in 152
34. Camden, London: One in 160
35. Slough, South East: One in 164
36. Harlow, East of England: One in 169
37. Reading, South East: One in 170
38. Basildon, East of England: One in 179
39. Sutton, London: One in 180
40. Epsom and Ewell, South East: One in 186
41. Crawley, South East: One in 189
42. Dacorum, South East: One in 193
43. Bristol, City of, South West: One in 199
44. Gosport, South East: One in 199
45. Coventry, West Midlands: One in 204
46. Greenwich, London: One in 207
47. Richmond upon Thames, London: One in 238
48. Chelmsford, East of England: One in 242
49. Colchester, East of England: One in 246
50. Manchester, North West: One in 266

A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said of Shelter’s findings: ‘We do not recognise these figures.

‘The actual level of homelessness is less than half the 2003 peak.

‘However, we know that one person without a home is one too many.

‘That is why the Government is investing over £500 million during the course of this parliament to tackle homelessness. This includes protecting £315 million for local authority homelessness prevention funding, and £149 million central government funding.’