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The Original Pull…A Guest Blog by @agypsyswife

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By Helen Jones |  May 28, 2014 |

Police carThe Police just know who you are … no escaping it.

We were working, trimming a hedge in the rain yesterday, Sunday. The passing police found this suspicious enough to spend an hour checking our identities, insurance and licences. They invited our customer to sit in the back of their car to make sure that we were not Rogue Traders. He spent 15 minutes re-assuring them.

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Private sites – what are the obstacles?

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By Helen Jones |  April 23, 2014 |

Private SitesOne issue that consistently frustrates GATE and our members is lack of progress with developing private sites for Gypsies and Travellers to address unmet need.

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Is the Leeds electorate short-sighted? I don't think so.

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By Helen Jones |  February 19, 2014 |

Traveller site and dogOur Leeds readers will remember a few horrendous years when camps were popping up on playing fields and cricket pitches, spoiling planned events such as gala's and rugby tournaments.  The City Council is to be applauded for turning around an untenable situation inherited from the previous administration.  Leeds has become a beacon of good practice for managing unauthorised encampments which is now being emulated around the country from Kent to Cumbria.  The 'negotiated stopping' programme has saved at least £100,000 and considerably reduced nuisance and anti-social behaviour associated with Gypsy and Traveller camps. We all acknowledge that things are still not perfect and there is work still to do.  But there is a problem and the looming election will potentially make it worse.

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Freedom of the Press?

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By Helen Jones |  February 18, 2014 |

Meet Your Neighbours Sun HeadlineA guest blog from Mark Duggan, a Gypsy Liaison Officer working in the London area.

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ESA reforms – Some simple improvements

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By Ben Chastney |  February 17, 2014 |

ESAIt is with great anxiety that many of us will read about proposals to further reform the rules for Employment and Support allowance (ESA), what used to be capacity benefit.  Already this support, with the questionnaires and medical assessments, has for many become a byword for lacking humanity and making unreasonable demands.  For a number of our members, who are either themselves claiming ESA or related to someone who is, they will likely be sceptical that the proposed changes will do anything but make their already challenging situations  more difficult.

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