Westmeath County Council removed 30 tents for homeless people In 2022

Westmeath County Council removed 30 tents and sleeping bags given to homeless people by Midlands Simon last year.

The charity provides tents to people who are forced to sleep rough, but these are subsequently picked up by the local authority due to a rule in their bye-laws.

Midlands Simon confirmed that they gave tents and sleeping bags to 180 people in the region in 2022.

Midlands Simon provided the tents to people sleeping rough, but they were subsequently removed due to by-laws within the local authority.

The Council says the rule was implemented as they had issues with trying to move tents several years ago.


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