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Minister Brandon Lewis to force Gypsy/Traveller families to ‘travel permanently’

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By Helen Jones |  August 31, 2015 |

Permanently on the move?We hear today (31st August) via the Daily Mail of course, that Gypsies and Travellers will now have to prove they are ‘permanently travelling’ in order to qualify as ‘travellers’ for the purposes of planning law.  Its not a surprise, Eric Pickles and Brandon Lewis tried to bring in this policy in the dying days of the coalition. It was stopped the [roadside] n at the final moment by a Liberal MP who actually read what the Association of Chief Police Officers had to say on the matter.  Like ourselves and many others ACPO were against the idea on the basis that it will cause them a policing nightmare to have to deal with so many families having to take ‘permanently’ to the roadsides just in order to be able to continue living in caravans.  By this new definition many of the people living on Gypsy and Traveller sites across the country wont technically qualify to be there because they don’t travel permanently (the new guidance is rather vague about what is actually permanent but hint at at least a couple of months of the year being mobile).

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Tooth Hurty – time for the dentist

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By Ellie Rogers |  June 22, 2015 |

We often say at GATE if you get things right for Gypsy and Traveller people you will get things right for a whole range of people, I often think of this in my own experiences of trying to access healthcare systems.

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Living next to a Traveller Site – Really so bad?

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By Ben Chastney |  May 18, 2015 |

Traveller SiteMost Councils, Leeds included, have a recognised unmet need for Traveller sites.  Put simply they need to build more (and approve more private sites) and this needs to happen sooner rather than later.  This brings us back again to question of how we approach the whole issue and indeed attitudes towards Gypsy and Traveller sites.  There is a key question, which we cannot and should not shy away of posing; why are they really so bad?

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Operation #Travellervote in Leeds!

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By Ben Chastney |  March 18, 2015 |

Reflections from Ben Chastney on the countdown to the General Election 2015

I don’t know how many shopping days it is until Christmas but I do know that there are fewer than 60 campaigning days before the next elections.  In less than two months, the UK will decide both who the next Government will be and, just as important day to day, who runs their local Council.  The politicians have certainly picked up the pace, setting out their stall for why we should vote for them.  Leeds GATE has in return been progressing with our project to raise awareness, both of our members in politics and of politicians in Gypsy and Traveller issues.

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Consultation on new definition of Travellers in Planning - A smokescreen?

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By Helen Jones |  December 9, 2014 |

Leeds GATE has now submitted its formal response to the Department for Communities and Local Government planning consultation for Gypsies and Travellers.

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