Bristol City Council urged to take extra measures to help homeless people impacted by coronavirus

The Liberal Democrats have urged Bristol City Council to make clear what additional measures it will take to help homeless people as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.

Writing to the Mayor, Liberal Democrat campaigner James Cox warned that the homeless are "some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

The Liberal Democrat campaigner has asked for "an action plan" from the council, including clarity on whether health checks be administered, especially for rough sleepers, and if emergency accommodation can be provided so that people can self-isolate.

Liberal Democrat Bristol West Spokesperson James Cox said:

"We need urgent clarification and an action plan from the Mayor's office about how it seeks to help homeless people as the coronavirus situation continues to escalate.

"So far, the government does not appear to have thought about homeless people at all and the city council has yet to produce any guidance or information either. Stakeholders and charities are still waiting for information on what they should do. Meanwhile, members of the public do not know what to do if they find a homeless person in Bristol who they suspect has COVID-19 – they want to help, but don’t know how.

"We need a proactive action plan. Will health checks be administered, especially for rough sleepers? Will emergency accommodation be provided?

“The city council must act now, before what is an emergency for homeless people in our city becomes a crisis.”

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