Source: City of Stoke-on-Trent
Published: Tuesday, 5th November 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has today announced the start of its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).
The protocol aims to help and protect anyone sleeping rough during periods of severe and cold weather and sees the council, alongside Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, working in partnership with Brighter Futures and a range of other faith and charity groups and organisations to make sure there is support in place to help and protect anyone rough sleeping during severe and cold weather periods.
SWEP supports the government’s vision to end rough sleeping and aims to make sure that every individual who is sleeping rough during periods of severe and cold weather can move rapidly off the streets and access appropriate services and secure accommodation.
SWEP procedures are triggered by local authorities across the UK when the temperature is forecasted to drop to zero degrees or lower each day during the winter period between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and is monitored on a daily basis.
Councillor Randolph Conteh, Cabinet member for communities and safer city at Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “This is the start of the launch of our severe weather protocol to help anyone who finds themselves sleeping rough in the city during periods of severe weather to access emergency accommodation.
“We’re working hard with our partners to eradicate rough sleeping in Stoke-on-Trent but we recognise that for some people immediate solutions are not always available. For those individuals, it’s important that we have emergency accommodation especially periods of extreme cold or other severe weather. This protocol will complement the wide range of services that are already available to prevent homelessness and tackle rough sleeping.”
If anyone in the city sees someone sleeping rough, they are urged to contact Brighter Futures – Rough Sleeper Team via freephone 0800 9702304.
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