WEST Dunbartonshire Council’s homelessness service worked around the clock this Christmas.

The teams provided 24-hour assistance, advice and support to anybody who found themselves homeless over the festive period.

Emergency temporary accommodation was also made available by the council.

Councillor Diane Docherty, convener of housing and communities, said: “We are committed to ensuring our residents have somewhere safe and warm to sleep.

“Nobody in West Dunbartonshire should be sleeping rough. Our services will be running 24 hours a day, so if you need assistance please get in touch with us.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, vice convener of housing and communities, added: “If you have an emergency need for accommodation, I would urge you to contact our offices, even during the public holidays.”

If you are affected by homelessness when council offices are closed on December 26 and January 1 and 2, you can request assistance by calling the out of hours emergency service on 0800 197 1004.