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Waverley Borough Council 'working hard to source emergency accommodation' for rough sleepers

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Waverley Borough Council 'working hard to source emergency accommodation' for rough sleepers

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 4:50pm 27th March 2020. (Updated at 5:09pm 27th March 2020)

All rough sleepers will be off the streets by the weekend.

The government has urged councils to find accommodation so that they can practice self-isolation.

Ministers call it a 'landmark step' to protect people during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Rough sleepers have faced a particularly tough time in recent weeks given the latest lockdown advice for people to stay at home.

They are also significantly more likely to have underlying health conditions - including respiratory problems - than the wider population.

A Waverley Borough Council spokesperson told Eagle Radio they have a low level of rough sleepers:

"Our Housing Options Team is at full strength, and working to prevent and alleviate homelessness in the Borough.

"The council is working hard to source emergency hotel accommodation for those who are homeless.

"This is proving more difficult, since hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation has closed, but the council has worked with partner local authorities and Central Government to source providers who are willing to provide accommodation.

Meanwhile, Woking Borough Council says they will continue to support rough sleepers during the outbreak

"During this time, the Council’s priority is to support the most vulnerable within our community.

"We are working positively with York Road Project to ensure our rough sleeper community has accommodation during the crisis.”


Eagle News has contacted other local authorities for comment.