Revealed: Emergency Homeless Plans During Big Freeze Actually Forced Some Onto Streets

Confusion over crisis measures put in place to house rough sleepers during freezing weather actually forced some people back onto the streets, HuffPost UK has learned.

Speaking to rough sleepers in London following the extreme conditions, some said they hoped the freezing weather had continued, as sustained freezing temperatures trigger the opening of emergency shelters for the homeless.

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) prompts councils across Britain to offer extra accommodation when the forecast for three or more days is below zero (or just one in London since Sadiq Khan revised guidelines).

But almost a week since the Beast from the East and Storm Emma gripped the UK, HuffPost UK has uncovered a series of consequences to the emergency response to care for Britain’s homeless.

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Temperatures across the UK plummeted below freezing last week

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