A protocol aiming to ensure rough sleepers have access to emergency accommodation during freezing weather has started in Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.
SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) is triggered when the temperature is forecasted to drop to zero degrees or lower each day during the winter period between November 1 2019 and March 31 2020.
It is monitored on a daily basis.
The protocol sees the council's working in partnership with a range of faith and charity groups and organisations to make sure there is support in place to help and protect anyone rough sleeping during periods of cold weather.
It is to help people move rapidly off the streets and access appropriate services and secure accommodation.