Sorry to bang on about Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessments but they really are important and really are under threat. The issue is timely again as the GTANA’s potential deletion is up for debate in Parliament next week; if you think this is a bad idea then now is the time to say something!
As Leeds GATE and other organisations have been drawing attention to in recent weeks, the Housing and Planning Bill has a crucial clause, namely 115, which proposes to effectively end GTANAs. With the obligation on Local Authorities to undertake these removed, it is likely many will simply stop, particularly those already poor at identifying pitch need, let alone providing this. Sadly so far these arguments have been largely ignored by the Government. Fortunately there is a proposed amendment to this crucial clause which attempts to keep GTANAs alive. It needs our help.