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As His Majesty The King leads the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, the nation and the wider commonwealth will be honouring veterans and service men and women – past and present – as they join together to give thanks and pay tribute to all who risk their lives for their country.

119 council leaders have signed a letter to the Chancellor calling on him to address the homelessness and temporary accommodation crisis that threatens local government’s financial sustainability and the services upon which England’s most vulnerable people rely.

The letter is signed by councils from across the country led by Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Independents. It follows an emergency summit held last week (Tuesday, 31 October), co-hosted by Eastbourne Borough Council and the District Councils’ Network.

According to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the cost of temporary accommodation to councils reached £1.7bn last year and it is increasing rapidly. The signatories included 108 district councils – two-thirds of the total.

In many parts of the country, district councils are the tier of principal government closest to communities and they oversee services including housing, leisure centres and waste collection.