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National Homeless Advice Service

Severe weather protocol

Posted by Debbie Watson March 01, 2018

This guidance is designed to support Local Authorities to provide Severe Weather Emergency Protocol responses in order to prevent deaths of people sleeping rough during winter. It also covers good practice in delivering Extended Winter Provision such as night shelters, and how these can be an opportunity to end people’s homelessness. The guidance is accompanied by a report based on last year’s survey of SWEP and winter provision, highlighting key data from respondents over the 2016-17 winter period. This year, for the first time, we have collated an additional set of case studies to highlight good practice examples from around the country.

Severe Weather Protocol