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Keeping the Human Rights Act – We are all in this together

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By Ben Chastney |  June 5, 2015 |

Human Rights imageAs promised during the recent election, the new Government are pushing ahead with proposals to replace the Human Rights Act.  In the Queen’s Speech last week this intention was formalised, so we can expect to see some concrete proposals over the coming year.  The concern for so many is not only that any proposed replacement ‘British bill of Rights’ unavoidably provides fewer safeguards in practice but the general attitude displayed towards vulnerable people and the likely tone of debate.

For Gypsies and Travellers, the Human Rights Act has in some cases been of clear and specific use.  Indeed some of our members have directly benefitted from it, appealing to key articles regarding a right to privacy of family life to prevent the Local Authority from evicting them unjustly.  The concern is not simply that such rights would long longer be available in future but that it is precisely such cases, misleadingly retold, will be used as a reason why the Act needs to go.

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New faces, new opportunities

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By Ben Chastney |  May 26, 2015 |

New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis
New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis (Photo YEP)

The dust is settling following the recent election and new people are now moving into important roles, both at a local and national level.  Naturally some of these posts are of particular interest to Leeds GATE, namely those portfolios such as related to planning or communities, where their decisions may have a direct impact on the livelihoods of our members.  Decisions are now being made on who many of these people are and we are anxious to start working positively with them. 

GATE’s attitude towards those new in post, as with pretty much any issue, is one of constructive, pragmatic engagement.

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Lee Gap Fair on Film

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By Helen Jones |  March 3, 2015 |

As part of our Lee Gap Heritage project we made this great little film. The film shows images of the 2014 Latter Lee Fair where GATE had a huge marquee with lots of Heritage memorabilia. 

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A Heritage Success!

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By Helen Jones |  October 8, 2014 |

As part of a lottery funded heritage project, Leeds GATE has been piecing together the history of the Lee Gap horse Fair and its importance for the local Traveller Community.

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Consultant wanted for a rapid service appraisal -Updated

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By Helen Jones |  August 5, 2014 |

Does Leeds GATE do what it says it does?  How well are we achieving our aims and objectives?  How well do we put our values into practice?  We are seeking a consultant to carry out a rapid service appraisal to help us to answer these questions. Click here: Service Evaluation Brief to find out more.

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