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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 …

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Speaking up for a fair London Plan

February 21, 2019

On Friday 15th February LGT took part in the London Plan examination debate on the Mayor’s policy on Gypsy and Traveller accommodation. This marked a very important stage in our work to campaign for a fair and strong policy that would see new sites being built in London. The debate on the proposed London Plan …

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Legal case against injunctions begins

December 17, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has been successful in the first stage of its legal challenge to local authorities banning nomadic Gypsies and Travellers from camping on parks, commons and other open spaces. More than 20 local authorities in England have obtained injunction orders giving them the powers to fine, imprison or seize the property of …

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GLA funds negotiated stopping research

December 6, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers announces the start of a research project to reveal the potential of negotiated stopping in London. The project will receive up to £30,000 of grant funding from the Mayor of London and will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Jo Richardson at DeMontfort University (DMU). The research will include interviews …

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LGT acts to stop encampment bans

November 20, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers is stepping up its fight against legal moves by local authorities to effectively ban nomadic Gypsies and Travellers from making encampments on any parks, commons, open spaces and industrial land. On 26th November, it will begin a legal challenge against the London Borough of Bromley’s attempts to gain such an injunction …

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Putting Travelling people on the map of London

October 24, 2018

As the London Plan that will guide London’s development over the next 20 years takes shape, the need for Travelling people to make their voices heard in the decisions and planning processes that will affect them has never been more urgent. Generations of Travelling Showpeople, Romany Gypsies, and Irish Travellers have been Londoners, making unique contributions …

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LGT Youth Internship

September 25, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers are looking for a new Youth Intern. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills within LGT where we will find out what you’re interested in and develop the programme to suit you. The aim is to build your confidence and abilities, enabling you to tackle your future with a …

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LGT responds on injunction orders

September 14, 2018

Over the last few months, more and more councils across England have been obtaining High Court injunction orders against unauthorised encampments, writes Ilinca Diaconescu, LGT’s Policy Officer. These apply to various pieces of land, particularly parks, commons and other open spaces but also to industrial land. In some cases, the injunction specifically prohibits depositing waste …

London Plan update

London Plan news

August 30, 2018

Earlier this month, the Mayor published the comments on his new Draft London Plan sent by councils, businesses, community groups and individuals between January and March this year. There has been a fantastic response from the Gypsy and Traveller community to the consultation, amounting to almost a quarter of all the responses. Mena Mongan, Community Engagement …