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West Suffolk Council has been continuing its efforts in assisting rough sleepers in the region.

They have reduced the number of rough sleepers in West Suffolk from 36 people in September 2018, when the rough sleeper team was formed, down to six at their latest count last week.

Out of those six, two were in Bury St Edmunds.

Councillor Sara Mildmay-White said rough sleeping was just one element of the wider work the council does to help people who are homeless or at threat of losing their home.
Councillor Sara Mildmay-White said rough sleeping was just one element of the wider work the council does to help people who are homeless or at threat of losing their home.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, cabinet member for housing said: "We are carrying out welfare checks on people sleeping rough and making sure they have a way of contacting us and relevant information so we can support them as necessary.

"Our approach to try to help rough sleepers take up the support and accommodation that is available has not changed.

She added: "We continue to do all that we can to encourage people who are rough sleeping to take up the support and accommodation that they need and rough sleeping is just one element of the wider work we do to help people who are homeless or at threat of losing their home."