California's Bay Area – that bastion of tech-inspired economic inequality – isn't the only place where the homeless population is being hopelessly undercounted.

A recent study found that the number of homeless people living in the UK is almost 10 times as high as the official statistics reflect.

Homeless charity Justlife warns thousands of people are being “forgotten in statistics” after it estimated that at least 51,500 people were living in B&Bs in the year to April 2016 – compared with 5,870 official B&B placements recorded by the government.

Christa Maciver, author of the report, said: “We can no longer ignore the tens of thousands of people stuck homeless, hidden and ignored in our cities.

This report shows there is so much we don't know and that we really need to be calculating homelessness more accurately.

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