Demand for food and shelter in Leeds is at a higher level than during the Great Depression era of the 1930s, a homeless charity has claimed.

When it formed in the 1930s, St George'​s Crypt used to feed 80 people a day. Now that figure has risen to 100, the charity said.

It cites job losses and the recession as the main reasons for the rise.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it was "​committe​d"​ to supporting households on low incomes.

Chris Fields, chief executive officer of St George'​s Crypt, said the charity used to feed an average of 60 people a day before the credit crunch in 2006.

He said demand for food and shelter had now reached "​an all time high that we'​ve never seen before"​.

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