Over 30 homeless people in Wiltshire have been given permanent accommodation by Wiltshire Council during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak the council found temporary accommodation for 74 rough sleepers across the county.

Currently, the local authority has found permanent accommodation for 31 rough sleepers with 28 still being housed in temporary accommodation.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We have been working hard to ensure vulnerable people are protected during the Covid-19 pandemic, and as part of this we have helped 74 rough sleepers off the streets.

“Currently, 28 of these people are in temporary accommodation, as 11 people were evicted due to serious anti-social behaviour and two left voluntarily.

“We are pleased to have moved 31 people into more permanent accommodation, such as supported accommodation, private rented accommodation or social housing.

“Our fantastic outreach team has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to help accommodate rough sleepers, discuss their support needs and agree longer-term plans to try to get them suitable accommodation, and our teams continue to work to support vulnerable people throughout Wiltshire.”