B&Bs, hoteliers and Airbnb have been urged by the council to offer accommodation to the homeless during the coronavirus crisis.

Wiltshire Council is seeking rooms across the county to house homeless people currently in inappropriate accommodation.

This accommodation is particularly required in the south of the county.

In a statement, the council said it is vital to get homeless people into suitable housing to allow them to self-isolate.

Leader of Wiltshire Council, Cllr Philip Whitehead said: “We know how difficult it is for homeless people under all circumstances, but if people are in shared accommodation it is very hard to self-isolate. This is worrying for them and others.

“We are asking hotels and B&B owners to offer their help by opening their doors to homeless people and families in Wiltshire, so that we are able to provide the care and support they need in this time of crisis.

“I’d like to thank those who have already come forward and offered their support and hope to see others do the same very shortly.”

Wiltshire Council will work with clients to find accommodation that is suitable for each individual, as well as ensuring food and support needs are met.

All businesses and individuals who take up the council’s call to provide emergency accommodation will be compensated.

For more information contact homeless@wiltshire.gov.uk