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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

The future is bright

October 12, 2017

A new LGT mentoring programme is supporting young Gypsies and Travellers into work, providing a gateway to further training, independence and employment. The Bright Futures programme is aimed at young people aged 16-21 who have finished or did not complete school and want to embark on jobs or further training but are struggling without experience, …

London Mayor gives hope of progress for Gypsies and Travellers

August 15, 2017

On Thursday 10th August at Mayor’s Question Time, London Assembly member Tom Copley asked Sadiq Khan how his London Plan and Housing Strategy will cater for the accommodation needs of London’s Gypsy and Traveller community. The government recently restricted the definition of “Gypsy or Traveller” in planning terms, which has led some councils to decide that they …

Hackney Unites Festival, Saturday 17 June

June 20, 2017

  This Saturday, 17 June LGT took part in the Hackney Unites festival held in Hackney Community College. The vibrant event brought together over 50 community groups, ranging from a wide variety of ethnic and community groups, health related charities, education institutions, child migrant stories, a refugee choir. There was also a fashion show, circus …