Severe Weather Emergency Help for Rough Sleepers
There has been an increase in rough sleeping within the county and Local Authorities remain committed to working with partners to link rough sleepers with the services that can help them find a way off the streets and into settled housing.
There are currently no legal protections for people sleeping rough in England during severe weather - the provision of shelter is not a statutory duty, even when conditions are life threatening. However, in times of extreme and cold weather, rough sleepers are particularly vulnerable to harm and death and we recognise that we should make provision to prevent this from happening.
Due to the cold weather expected this week, please note that the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has therefore been activated for the borough.
Through SWEP provision, Local Authorities aim to:
- Ensure that no one dies on the streets during severe weather
- Ensure that every effort is made to engage individuals with support services during the winter months
If you know or are aware of anyone genuinely sleeping rough in the Boston borough area they should make direct contact with the Council on 01205 314200 who will undertake an individual assessment or the P3 Street Outreach Service on 0808 2810280.