Statement regarding homelessness day provision in winter
The Council’s Director of Strategic Commissioning, Alistair Jeffs, said: “We operate a robust Severe Weather Emergency protocol, which works to ensure that anyone who is homeless has access to services throughout the day as well as the night time during the colder months.
“Working in close partnership with many agencies we can ensure that everyone is brought in from the cold. Bed spaces are always on offer and, in extreme circumstances, B and B accommodation can also be used – meaning there is no need for anyone to be rough sleeping on a cold night unless they choose to.
“This extended offer runs from the 1 November to the 31 March each year and is not only triggered when the temperature drops, but also in high wind and heavy rain and operates.
“There are a number of voluntary and faith organisations that offer support for the homeless within the borough already and we do recognise the need to increase levels of day provision for users of this service. We are looking to incorporate this into our new service going forward and I would urge people to make sure they have their say in our consultation: