Above: members of the King's team sleep out in their 'bivvy' survival bags
Homelessness in the UK
According to research carried out by Homeless Link, the number of people sleeping rough has been rising nationally. There are currently at least 320,000 homeless people in the UK, and rough sleeping in the UK has increased for the seventh consecutive year. Since 2010, there have been particularly sharp increases in London and South East England.
A report by Shelter recently revealed that 135,000 children are currently homeless in the UK and living in temporary accommodation, the highest number in 12 years. This report found that every eight minutes, a child loses their home.