Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
The permanent site of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities
The late, great Tommy Doherty did an incredible amount to promote Travellers and seek justice and equal treatment. His death was upsetting to everyone who knew him.
The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) has recently published a report summarising the deliberations at a Consultation held at St George's House, Windsor Castle.
The provision of adequate and appropriate sites for Gypsies and Travellers lies at the heart of resolving inequalities of access to health, education and employment. It helps to avoid tensions with local communities and is key to tackling racism and discrimination. This consultation identifies ways in which more sites can be provided, better relationships with the settled community established and the rights of Gypsies and Travellers be better recognised.
A range of practical actions were identified to increase the provision of accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers and to enable them to live in more welcoming communities. Detailed recommendations are set out out pages 41 -48 of the report and cover five broad areas of action.
The good practice has been designed as a framework to assist key service providers, such as housing, to involve Irish Travellers and Gypsies in decision-making and planning through effective consultations and partnership work, in line with mainstream tenancy participation practice. Many of the recommendations based on general models of good practise in working with BME communities.