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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 …

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LGT welcomes new stopping website

August 15, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has welcomed a new website which explains negotiated stopping – an innovative way of addressing problems raised by the lack of suitable site provision. Using videos and personal viewpoints, the website shows how negotiated stopping (NS) offers an alternative to the normal “zero tolerance” approach of councils to unauthorised encampment or …

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Lottery funds new history project

May 24, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has received a grant of £99,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore and capture Gypsy and Traveller history and heritage in London. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the grant will support an 18-month project – named ‘Mapping the pathway to equality: Gypsy and Traveller history and …

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Chart your experience in online map

May 21, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has launched an interactive online map, where Gypsies and Travellers in London can find out about the experiences of other members of the community when using local services – for example, those related to housing, sites, employment, health and education. Then they can share their own experiences for others to refer …

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 …