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Special measures for homeless during severe weather

Leeds Council want to ensure no-one is on the streets in this weather

Leeds Council is urging all residents to report anyone seen sleeping on the streets. It's part of a special programme to provide accommodation for everyone when the temperature drops below zero.

The "Leeds Severe Weather Protocol" (SWP) is activated when the night temperature drops below zero. This means that during the period that SWP, arrangements are in place so that no one needs to sleep on the streets.

he arrangements are co-ordinated by LCC Leeds Housing Options service with partner agencies including the Police, Commissioned Supporting People services, homeless charities and the voluntary sector.

The main point of contact for people needing accommodation during SWP is St George’s Crypt. People will receive hospitality, a hot drink, a meal and somewhere to sleep. A number of homeless hostel services make temporary beds available for people who otherwise would not be eligible.

During this time, council officers also attend the Hub and other commissioned services to office advice and assistance to customers on the housing options available to them.

If you are aware of someone who may be sleeping rough, contact Leeds Housing Options Team on 0113 222 4412 for further information.

  1. Tyne Tees

Snowed Inn!

The Tan Hill Inn claims to be Britain's highest pub Credit: Tan Hill Inn

At least 6 people have had to stay longer than planned at a remote Yorkshire pub after weather conditions proved too difficult to leave.

The Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire claims to be the highest pub in Britain.

Drifting snow and high winds meant some guests arriving at the weekend had to stay overnight. Staff say spirits are high.


British Red Cross help people affected by snow

As heavy snow caused chaos across the county this weekend, volunteers from the British Red Cross were out helping those who needed it most. Emergency response volunteers have been on-call to help those hit worst by the bad weather.

Volunteers transported district nurses in 4 x 4 vehicles to the homes of patients unable to get out because of the snow. Ten homes were visited overnight Friday and around fifteen on Saturday, with the team of nurses from the NHS to provide patients with essential medication around Leeds.

"Our volunteers have been out and about throughout Leeds working extremely hard over the weekend to help those who need their help. We will continue to be there for those in crisis during the snow inYorkshire throughout the weekend.

"We're so grateful for our volunteers who have been giving up their time to get out and support those who need it - they are doing sterling job"

– John Naylor, service manager for emergency response Yorkshire
  1. National

March could be the coldest in 50 years

Wide-spread disruption across the UK, due to snow and flooding, has led forecasters to predict this month will be the coldest March in 50 years.

John Lee, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the average temperature expected for central England at this time of year is 6C (42.8F), but so far this month the average is 2.2 degrees below that - at 3.8C (38.8F).

Cows huddle together in a field at Low Bradfield, near Sheffield following heavy snowfall in the area. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

That is significantly colder than last March, when averages were 8.3C (46.9F) - 2.3 degrees above the expected average.

"Comparing it to similar winters, it's provisionally going to be the coldest March in 50 years, although that can't be confirmed until we reach the end of the month," Mr Lee said.

He referred to 1962 - when average temperatures were even colder, at 2.8C (37F), adding: "That will take some beating.

"But the way we are going it looks like we are heading towards being the coldest March since then."

More snow is forecast for many areas, he said, but gradually, by the end of Saturday and the end of Sunday, it will be mostly dry.

Weather: More snow on the way

More snow and biting winds will again hit parts of northern England today, continuing a bleak week for Britain.

North-east England will see scattered snow storms throughout the day add a further five centimetres of the white stuff in higher ground and up to two cms in lower ground.

Coastal areas across England, Wales and Scotland will feel the worst of bitterly cold winds of up to 50mph, which will force temperatures down by around eight degrees.

The worst of the snow storms will hit the north-east of England from Northumberland down to Norfolk, and will be heavier over higher ground in places like the North Yorkshire Moors and Lincolnshire Wolds.

– Matt Dobson, Forecaster
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