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Emergency protocol to tackle homelessness activated in Berkshire

West Berkshire Council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to protect rough sleepers during the winter months.

It will now enable them to access safe and warm accommodation during that period.

SWEP is designed to support those who are not eligible for services, choose to sleep rough or have previously refused support from housing services.

It is part of a wider programme to tackle homelessness in the district.

The council work alongside local partners, including West Berkshire Homeless, Loose Ends and Newbury Soup Kitchen to support homelessness service, Two Saints.

Gary Lugg, Head of Development and Planning at West Berkshire Council said:

“We’re working to help prevent people becoming homeless in the first place as well as offering help and support when it does occur including our ‘No Second Night Out’ policy to help people find emergency accommodation.

“We also have outreach workers going out to see people sleeping rough in the area to let them know accommodation is available along with other options for support.”

Any rough sleepers can visit West Berkshire Council's offices in Market Street, Newbury for support.

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