Thurrock Council respond to petition to help borough’s homeless

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Council ensures rough sleepers have accommodation in freezing weather

THURROCK Council is reassuring a concerned resident that plans and protocols are in place to ensure rough sleepers in the borough have access to emergency accommodation during freezing weather conditions.

A petition added to the Council’s website this week asks that homeless people are provided with emergency temporary accommodation during prolonged spells of cold weather – something Thurrock Council already does under its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).

When temperatures are forecast to be below zero degrees on three consecutive nights, the borough’s rough sleepers are all provided with accommodation at hostels, or local B&Bs if no rooms are available. Currently, it is expected to be mild until Christmas, but Council staff are prepared to action SWEP in the event that temperatures drop.

Thurrock Council also works with registered charity St Mungo’s, which helps people experiencing homelessness, to identify rough sleepers if SWEP is triggered.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We always encourage our residents to have their say on ways to improve life in Thurrock and value the views of our communities. In this case, however, we already have emergency measures in place to make sure that rough sleepers have access to accommodation when temperatures drop.

“It’s pleasing that we have so many thoughtful and caring residents living in the borough.”

If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, download the StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk, register their details and an outreach team will get in touch to offer access to local support and services.

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