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, there is a humanitarian obligation on local authorities to do all they can to prevent deaths on the streets and for their partners and the public to support these efforts.
The winter period often presents the greatest risks to people’s health and provides increased opportunities to engage with more entrenched rough sleepers and other hard to reach groups who may be likely to accept support at this time of the year. The aim of having Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) provision in place is to:
There is no single definition of severe weather. Any extreme conditions that increase the risk of harm to people sleeping rough can be classed as severe including cold, wind, snow, rain and heat.
Between 7 January and 31 March 2019, we are providing Extended Cold Weather Provision through Crawley Open House in a separate space, which runs alongside the year round services that Crawley Open House already provide in their Crawley Hostel. This extended provision will be made available:
By contacting Crawley Open House before 2pm Monday-Friday or before 5pm Saturday-Sunday.
You can do this:
Please note: the extended cold weather provision period has now ended, however SWEP provisions will become operational if weather conditions become severe.
Visit Crawley Open House for further information.
By checking the Met Office Weather Forecast for Crawley and if it “feels like” zero degrees or below, encouraging people to access the accommodation by directing them to Crawley Open House before 2pm Monday-Friday and before 5pm Saturday-Sunday. You can also call Crawley Open House on Tel: 01293 447702 and there will be information on our social media channels so check our Facebook page for updates.
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