Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to support anyone sleeping rough in the districts during periods of freezing weather conditions.
The trigger for activating the protocol is when the Met Office forecasts a temperature which is considered to a “feel like 0 degrees and below” and where the councils believe that there is a risk to those sleeping rough.
SWEP when active aims to safeguard rough sleepers and provide them with a safe place to stay.
SWEP is a temporary arrangement, where the councils will use communal areas of a hostel or B&B rooms, for example, to accommodate rough sleepers.
Under the Homelessness Reduction Act, anyone who is accommodated as a result of activating SWEP will be considered for ‘relief duty’. This means our dedicated Housing Solutions Officers will work with them to help find a suitable resolution to their housing situation.
If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough in the districts please send an alert to StreetLink. StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.