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Homeless people are being sent out of town to make room for Taylor Swift fans

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A number of homeless people have been moved out of Edinburgh to make room for tourists heading to Taylor Swift's performance in the city, the BBC learns.

Scotland's leading shelter has said dozens of homeless people it supports were taken by taxi to Aberdeen and Glasgow because of a lack of accommodation, and one person was offered temporary accommodation in Newcastle.

The shelter said that it is unfair that the homeless are in this competition with the tourists.

The city council has said it is working to find suitable accommodation.

Taylor Swift will perform three nights at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh from June 7 to 9. Thousands of tourists are expected to flood the city, and competition for hotel rooms is fierce.

The shelter has said that the homeless in the city, who are usually offered temporary accommodation such as hotels, are being taken out of the city due to limited places due to the concert.

There is no evidence that the homeless are leaving the place where they have been staying.

It is a legal obligation for people who are declared homeless in Scotland to be offered temporary accommodation, which is mainly in the form of hotels.