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Jean’s son David lifts up his cousin Richard who has Richard who has fallen over in the grass, as his sister Viviana walks by and Aunt Bernadette stands in the doorway of her trailers. The patch of land in Middlesborough was unoccupied and the families were aboe to stay for two weeks. It is now five years since the Travellers eviction and Basildon council are redeveloping the land that they had said was ‘protected greenbelt’.  Jean and her family have yet to find a permanent legal site where they might be permanently allowed to stay.

LGT responds to encampment review

April 5, 2018

Statement from London Gypsies and Travellers: in response to the housing minister’s announcement of a government review of laws dealing with unauthorised encampments on 5th April 2018 “We hope this review gives the government the opportunity to show political leadership in addressing the fundamental causes of unauthorised encampments – the severe shortage of authorised sites for Gypsies …

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Moving on

March 28, 2018

From Thursday, 29th March, London Gypsies and Travellers will have a new address: Mildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N16 8NA If you want to use our accommodation advice service, the first day for appointments at our new home is Friday 13th April. Appointments will be available every Friday, rather than every Monday previously. To …

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Elections: stand up against prejudice

March 22, 2018

With the local elections coming up on 3rd May, London Gypsies and Travellers is asking local councillors and local mayors to take a lead in promoting greater inclusion for Gypsy and Traveller communities and stand up against prejudice and discrimination. LGT is asking candidates to support to its community-led #Weareallsomanythings campaign. They can do so by signing …

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Massive response to London Plan

March 8, 2018

Over the last three months LGT has been supporting Gypsies and Travellers in London to respond to the draft London Plan. The consultation, which ended on 2nd March, was a significant opportunity for community members, Gypsy and Traveller organisations and other supporters to give feedback on the Mayor’s new policy and suggest how it can be …

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LGT reports on year of change

February 8, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers reports on a year of successful projects and positive change in its annual review of 2017. “The issues facing London’s Gypsies and Travellers are as significant today as they have ever been,” says LGT Chair Stephen Cottle in his introduction. “The past year has seen the charity strengthened and better able …

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New London Plan: the call goes out

January 16, 2018

Gypsies and Travellers living in the capital have until 2nd March to respond to the Mayor’s draft London Plan. And LGT is supporting a new postcard campaign to help Gypsies and Travellers let the Mayor know how the plan could affect them and their community. The London Plan, when finalised, will shape how London grows …

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City Hall display reveals the reality

January 11, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has launched a new exhibition of images at City Hall, challenging the public and Greater London Authority employees to see the reality beyond the stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers. The pictures of Gypsies and Travellers going about everyday life were gathered by photographer Mary Turner as part of LGT’s successful #weareallsomanythings …

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Will London Plan meet our needs?

November 20, 2017

Gypsy and Traveller community members told Greater London Authority officers how the Mayor’s housing strategy and new London Plan need to address their needs, at the most recent meeting of the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum. Representatives from the GLA housing and London Plan teams listened to Forum members as they gave their views and …

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LGT maps London for the community

November 6, 2017

LGT has embarked on a major project to collect and reveal information about London’s Gypsy and Traveller communities. Working with the social enterprise organisation Mapping for Change, it is compiling information about the inequalities, experience and contributions of Gypsies and Travellers across the capital. The project, named Mapping the Pathway to Equality, began in April 2017, …

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Deputy Mayor listens to concerns and fears

October 25, 2017

Members and representatives of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities discussed their needs and aspirations – and how the Greater London Authority might address them – at a meeting with one of London’s Deputy Mayors on 18th October. Among the issues raised by participants were the huge accommodation crisis facing London Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, …