MORE than 100 children in Trafford were homeless and living in temporary accommodation in March, new figures reveal.

Government statistics showed that one in 576 of the borough's 58,792 under-18s did not have a permanent place of residence.

This is the ninth highest ratio in the North-West well below Manchester (one in 47).

Housing charity Shelter today published the figures showed that on March 31 there were 4,150 children in the North-West homeless and living in temporary accommodation: a 385 per cent rise in five years.

Shelter Manchester hub manager, John Ryan, said: “The fact 18 children in the North West become homeless every day is a scandalous figure, and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action."

Shelter is asking people to donate to its Christmas appeal.