Shocking new statistics have revealed a horrifying rise in homelessness numbers across the North East and North Yorkshire.

Data released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows a steady rise across the region.

Stockton is predicted to have the highest number of homeless people this winter, even ahead of Newcastle.

You can check below to see how many people in your area were homeless this Christmas:

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said it is spending £2 billion on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.

A DLUHC spokesperson said temporary accommodation is "an important way of making sure no family is without a roof over their head", but councils must ensure it is temporary and suitable for families' needs.

Funding to address homelessness includes £1 billion given to councils to support people moving out of temporary accommodation financially.

"Through our Rough Sleeping Strategy, we will continue to work to end rough sleeping completely," a spokesperson added.

Peter Gibson, Conservative MP for Darlington, previously said: "I understand the concern people feel towards tackling the issue of homelessness, particularly at this time of year.

"The Government has been working through its Homelessness Strategy backed with £2bn pounds of investment.

"Whether it’s Homelessness prevention grants to Local Authorities, Op Fortitude focused on Veterans, the Youth Employment Programme indeed the work done to end Friday releases from Prison there is a lot of work going into tackling many of the causes of this complex issue. 

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"Here in Darlington, I’ve seen the incredible work going into this issue with key agencies like the Council, 700 Club, social services, housing and addiction organisations to keep a laser focus on this issue.

"A related issue in our community is one of begging which is also receiving focus to ensure those people we see begging are accessing the services available to support them and I would ask that everyone with concerns takes a look at the following way to report it."

To learn more about reporting begging and anyone sleeping rough in Darlington, click here.