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Getting rough sleepers out of the cold

Published on Monday, 14th December 2020

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) may be triggered during the coming weeks, in line with national guidance.

The Protocol aims to help rough sleepers during periods of extreme weather and comes into force when the forecast predicts temperatures to drop to zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights.

SWEP is a national initiative that gives Local Housing Authorities the responsibility to temporarily accommodate anyone who is homeless in severe weather conditions, regardless of the usual restrictive criteria that would apply under normal weather conditions. Councils will accommodate homeless people regardless of priority need, intentionality or other usual exclusions. This is to ensure that no one is sleeping rough when temperatures are below freezing.

NBBC Housing Solutions Officers will arrange temporary accommodation in a hostel or B&B in Nuneaton or Bedworth or as near to the Borough as possible, for the period that conditions trigger SWEP. In addition homeless individuals will be given advice and assistance to assist them to secure alternative accommodation where possible.  

Anyone sleeping rough on the streets, or anyone worried about someone sleeping on the streets, can phone either of these numbers to report where the individual is - Housing Solutions Service at the Town Hall on 024 7637 6376 during office hours or the Out of Hours service on 024 7638 2153 at other times.