Council may offer more support to rough sleepers in cold weather

Homeless in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Photo: Mark Williamson

Rough sleepers may be offered accommodation in Stratford after just one night of freezing temperatures, after the council agreed to review its cold weather protocol.

At the moment three consecutive nights of sub-zero temperatures must be forecast before rough sleepers are offered accommodation in Stratford.

Warwick currently offers accommodation if just one night of freezing temperatures is expected and Stratford District Council have agreed to review whether they should do the same prior to the onset of winter.

News that a review is on the way was revealed after Cllr Peter Moorse, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, raised the issue at Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

Speaking at Monday’s Cabinet meeting council officer Robert Weeks, head of Planning and Housing, said: “We are fully aware of the commitment to review the cold weather protocol and we plan to do it before the cold weather returns.”

He added that a paper would go before cabinet before the onset of winter on the subject.

  • 1jamessmith1

    so who is paying for this? why is the accommodation ‘only available’ during freezing weather