Hundreds of people across Lancashire do not have a permanent home to live in and many won't have one for Christmas.

Figures published today (December 18) state 158 families across Lancashire were living in temporary accommodation at the end of June this year.

These families had been housed by councils because they had no permanent place to live.

The data, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, also revealed that 123 children were homeless and living in temporary accommodation at the end of June.

Blackpool had the highest number of homeless households - with 36 families without a permanent place to live.

South Ribble had 33 families living in temporary accommodation, while the number was 25 in Preston and 19 in Chorley.

Neither Lancaster nor Wyre reported any households in temporary accommodation.

Campaigners have urged for the new government to “turn its attention on our worsening housing emergency.”

The new figures come at the same time as housing charity Shelter’s annual report, which found at least 280,000 people are homeless across England.

The analysis revealed around one in 200 people are sleeping rough, or living in hostels and temporary accommodation.

In response to today’s figures, Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter, said: “Now the election is over, the new government must turn its attention on our worsening housing emergency.

“This is an emergency that is tipping thousands of people into homelessness, forcing parents to raise children in grim B&Bs and uprooting families from their jobs, schools and loved ones.

“Wildly expensive private rents, housing benefit cuts and decades of failure to build the social homes we need, are the reasons why 127,000 children in England will wake up homeless on Christmas Day - a figure everyone in Westminster should pay attention to.”

Across England, 86,130 families were living in temporary accommodation at the end of June this year - up from 82,390 families the previous year.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “We have a moral imperative to act to reduce homelessness.

“One homeless person is one too many and this Government is taking action to protect those most at risk.

“Last year the number of homeless people sleeping rough fell by two per cent.

"More people are getting the support they need to start rebuilding their lives – backed by £1.2bn in funding to reduce all forms of homelessness and rough sleeping, the duty we’ve placed on councils to provide vital help to those who need it, and our commitment to building the homes this country needs.

“But there is more we can do - which is why we committed in our manifesto to more integrated working of local health and housing services and the renewal of the affordable homes programme, helping prevent people from falling into homelessness.”