An issue that is especially critical during the cold winter months, the number of homeless sleepers has risen for the sixth year in a row. Women in particular are an incredibly exposed and vulnerable group, with many have left home to escape violence.
Although the government has pledged more money to councils to help house the homeless, many vulnerable women are being turned away – some even expectant mothers. Channel 4’s Dispatches sends reporter Jackie to meet women in desperate search of a new home, revealing the dangers they face out on the streets.
Examining claims that councils are unable to cope resulting in individuals being turned away, secret filming shows that councils are stretched and questions whether the government’s increased support is enough to solve the housing crisis.
Dispatches: Britain’s Homeless Scandal, Monday, 8pm – Channel 4