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Emergency measures announced for rough sleepers ahead of cold snap

25 November 2021 : Council news, Housing news

In response to weather warnings forecasting high winds and sub-zero temperatures over the forthcoming weekend, Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) is offering emergency accommodation to protect anyone sleeping rough within the district.

From tomorrow, Friday, 26 November, the Council will activate its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), which seeks to identify and accommodate rough sleepers during periods of extreme weather.

SWT’s Rough Sleeper Initiative Team is very much focused on early intervention and through its outreach service and networking with partner agencies, works tirelessly to identify and accommodate rough sleepers prior to adverse changes in weather.

Bed spaces will be available through the SWEP’s Winter Provision, as well as additional services offered through other local homelessness agencies.

Pending daily weather updates, which will be monitored by the Rough Sleeper Initiative Team, the SWEP is expected to be deactivated on Monday, 29 November.

Members of the public with concerns for individuals they believe to be sleeping rough are encouraged to report their sightings via streetlink.org.uk.

Alternatively, sightings can be reported on 0300 500 0914 (weekends only) or by emailing rsi@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk (available 24/7).

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