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Travellers pledge to end injunctions

October 9, 2019

Gypsies, Travellers and supporters gathered on 1st October to kick off the LGT campaign against council injunctions stopping “persons unknown” from camping on public land. These “wide” injunctions mean that anyone stopping could be fined, imprisoned or have their property seized.  They threaten Gypsies’ and Travellers’ traditional way of life. Almost 40 councils in England …

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LGT starts campaign against injunctions

September 24, 2019

Following the judgement that refused Bromley’s injunction against stopping on land in the Borough earlier this year, the council is appealing the decision and is supported by three other local authorities in London. London Gypsies and Travellers will continue to be involved in the appeal hearing which will take place on 3rd December at the …

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Travellers challenge Haringey Council

July 22, 2019

Haringey Travellers took a deputation to Haringey Council on Monday 15th July to press for action on new sites and poor site management. The group, led by seven Haringey Travellers, included workers from London Gypsies and Travellers. Travellers are angry that the council has let their sites fall into disrepair. They have already taken action …

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London history on show at City Hall

July 2, 2019

London Gypsies and Travellers has launched a major new resource on Gypsy and Traveller life in London from the 19th century to the present day – mapping histories, memories and struggles over many generations. The resource was showcased at an exhibition at City Hall, London, last week – where visitors could view interactive online maps …

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I’m standing up for you, says Mayor

June 24, 2019

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was determined to improve the quality of life of Gypsies and Travellers at an event celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month at London’s City Hall. At an event on 14th June to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Gypsies, Roma, Traveller and Showmen communities in London, the Mayor met with …

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Mapping the Histories of London’s Travellers

June 17, 2019

London Gypsies and Travellers will be displaying a new exhibition on Wednesday 26th June at City Hall, on the lower ground in the London Map area. The exhibition is open from 11am-6pm. There will be a presentation of the project between 4-5pm. Everyone is welcome! ‘Mapping the Histories of London’s Travellers’ gives new insights into …

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LGT wins court challenge to encampment bans

May 17, 2019

An LGT court challenge has dealt a blow to local authorities introducing bans on Gypsies and Travellers camping on open land in London. Following an intervention by LGT, supported by lawyers specialising in human rights, an application by Bromley Council for an injunction prohibiting camping on 171 open spaces and car parks in the borough has been refused …

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Mapping Traveller Histories – come work with us

April 23, 2019

We are looking for two members of the Gypsy, Traveller or Showmen communities to join us on our project in order to undertake skills training to document and map Traveller histories across London, and to do community outreach. Job Title: Community-based Researcher- Research Trainee Organisation: London Gypsies and Travellers (Registered Charity) Hours: Part-time 12 hours …

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Government “persistently failing” Travellers

April 8, 2019

A new report from MPs provides detailed evidence that the government and other policy makers have failed to tackle the inequalities and discrimination faced by Gypsies and Travellers. The report, from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, says that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are “among the most disadvantaged people in the country” and …

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Our year has been about ambition

March 26, 2019

Ambition has been at the heart of London Gypsies and Travellers’ work during the past year, according to its Chair Claire Cooper, summarising activity and achievement in the 2018 Annual Report. She says it ran through everything the organisation did in 2018, “from challenging prejudice and working with young people, to engaging councillors and documenting …