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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …