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Caravan count not reliable or sufficient - Leeds GATE

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By Helen Jones |  February 22, 2018 |

The only collection of data on the number of unauthorised encampments across England is the MHCLG (formerly DCLG) bi-annual caravan count.  You can read our analysis of this data in a new briefing paper (PDF Link below).  We conclude that the caravan count data is not sufficient  or reliable enough to draw accurate conclusions about the number of unauthorised encampments on land not owned by Gypsies and Travellers.  We also conclude that the data does not assist in attempting to measure the impact of amendments in to Government policies such as the October 2015 revision to the Planning definition of 'travellers'.  Leeds GATE calls on the Government to take responsibility for ensuring that the impact of national planning policies can be accurately tracked and responded to by local authorities and civil society.  We also suggest that more comprehensive data collection on unauthorised encampment in local authority areas would allow for better monitoring and assessment of management practices such as Negotiated Stopping.


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