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Gearing up for winter weather warnings

December 10th 2011


No severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office at time of going to press, but if we do see worsen weather, readers can expect the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to be enforced by local authorities.

Homeless Link, who produce the guidance to local authorities on SWEP, state “every local authority should have a severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) that kicks in when the temperature is forecast to drop to zero degrees (or below) for three consecutive nights.” This requires councils and organizations to provide shelter on the first night of the forecast.

Despite the requirement for SWEP to be implemented if three freezing nights are forecast, in their guidance, Homeless Link stress this “is the absolute minimum requirement.” For example, in their local guidance on SWEP Solihull Council state “cold or severe weather are defined as any time during which the night time temperature is predicted to reach zero degrees Celsius or below for one night.”

Similarly, the guidance from Homeless Link makes it clear that the aim is to preserve lives, and so temperature is not the only consideration. Factors such as having snow and wind chill factor should be monitored. Let’s hope it’s not needed, but if it is, take full advantage of the shelter.


December 2011



A rubbish way to die

Simon’s new service

The names

Homeless men convicted of murder

Gearing up for winter weather warnings

Rising numbers of rough sleepers

Crisis day centre opens in Oxford

Homeless hotel

Channel 4 tackles UK’s empty homes

Protest camp is food source for rough sleepers

Strike called off

Tent cities update

Rough sleeper banned from churchyard

Street Shield 26: Have a super Christmas

Glasgow’s ‘bridge people’ revealed

Glasgow shelter planned in time for the big freeze

Begging ban proposed for Scotland’s streets

Scotland’s B&B children

Homeless charities feel the pinch

From the abyss to the arts

Old clothes, new looks

Brum diners hope to raise ?Ǭ£7,000

Winter shelter talks continue

Guilt caused rioter’s confession

Worcester winter warmer

Cold cuts


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