Questions have been raised about the number of people sleeping rough in Carlisle after councillors were told that the official figure was zero.
The county councillors at the meeting of the Carlisle area committee heard claims that some people slept in the gardens of Hardwicke Circus, a roundabout outside the Civic Centre.
Councillor Val Tarbitt, who is Armed Forces Champion, said she had been told homeless ex-servicemen went there, and Councillor Lawrence Fisher added: “I regularly report those people who sleep at the New Waterton Hall on some benches that are outside.”
The meeting has asked to meet city council representatives to discuss homelessness.
A city council spokeswoman said the authority monitored rough sleeping and the figure varied: “We work closely with local partner agencies and are committed to assisting all vulnerable people within the district who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."