More than half of the Swindon households deemed homeless or at risk last winter had other support needs - most commonly for mental illness.

Swindon Borough Council found more than 150 of the 284 families or individuals assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness between October and December last year needed additional assistance.

Of those households, 39 had more than three support needs identified.

Swindon council found 49 households needed support linked to mental illness, 24 because of physical needs or disabilities and 20 due to domestic abuse.

At 53 per cent, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures show that the percentage of homeless or at risk households in Swindon last winter with one or more support needs was down from 70 per cent in the same period of 2019.

Nationally, the proportion increased from 48 per cent to 51 per cent.