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Telling our story

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By Ben Chastney |  May 28, 2014 |

What's your story?We sadly know all too well that most media about Gypsy and Travellers is overwhelmingly negative and inaccurate. Whether a tabloid article decrying the presence of a roadside camp to the Channel 4 ‘Gypsy Wedding’ series, it appears hard to avoid encountering such items of questionable truth and hostile intent.

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Morley Travellers Site Application - honest discussion please!

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By Helen Jones |  May 23, 2014 |

Morley Travellers Site ApplicationThe recent response from some politicians and local residents to the recent Gypsy and Traveller site application in Morley is disappointing on many levels.  An inability to treat people fairly, a failure to analyse the facts properly and a lack of perspective count amongst the most disappointing features.  The other concern, worth considering in more detail, regards the tone and language of this recent debate.  This tells us something deeper and more troubling about making progress on identifying prospective new Gypsy and Traveller sites.

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GATE office is closed til 13th January. Happy New Year!

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By Helen Jones |  December 20, 2013 |

Thanks to everyone, especially Healthy Living Network Leeds, for helping us to have great fun at our Christmas Fayre on Thursday 19th December. The people were lovely, the food was lovely, and the mulled wine was lovely!! We had a few leftover presents which we have donated to PAFRAS. The office is now closed until the 13th January. If you need to collect c/o mail before then please ring the office where you will find a message with a mobile number to call. However please only call if it is urgent that you do so.

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A reminder to get your scrap license sorted!

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By Helen Jones |  December 10, 2013 |

Scrap metal wagonJust a quick reminder about the new scrap metal licence rules. As you may have heard, anyone who is dealing in scrap metal, or plans to do so, now needs a licence. This law came into force a couple of months back in September and is now being enforced since last week. From what we hear, the police together with the Council have in some areas been asking to see licences from scrap dealers travelling near scrap yards so this is clearly a requirement which should not be ignored lightly.

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Climbing the social ladder – how about even being on the ladder?

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By Helen Jones |  November 18, 2013 |

The social ladderAnother week in the news, another discussion about social mobility. Across the political spectrum there is apparent consensus that not enough is being done, that too many people from privilege continue to dominate politics, business, media etc. What the debate often misses is recognition that some disadvantaged groups, such as Gypsies and Travellers, are excluded almost entirely.

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