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Unauthorised Encampments - Reducing Cost and Conflict - Feb 2016

After months of planning our national conference took place in London on 25th February 2016. The title of the conference, Unauthorised Encampments - reducing cost and conflict, drew a large audience including 100+ representatives from over 40 Local Authorities, 6 Police Force Areas, 2 Housing Associations, 1 Police and Crime Commissioners office and 3 schools.  Eight Gypsy/Traveller organisations or projects were also represented.

The majority of roles participating have some sort of management/enforcement responsibility for responses to unauthorised encampments.  This level of attendance at the conference, even in these cash strapped times, shows a significant level of interest in taking the discussion forward, sharing and developing new responses and best practice.  We also enjoyed light Twitter traffic using #roadsidecamps.  

Speakers shared perspectives from the Department of Communities and Local Government, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Community Law Partnership and De Montford University.  Case studies from Hackney and Leeds were presented followed by parallel sessions on 'Managing People and Policy' and 'Managing Practicalities'. Overall the event received 98% Good or Excellent feedback with many people thanking conference organisers for the opportunity to speak specifically about unauthorised encampments.  Many thanks to everyone who attended.

All documents and presentation from this event can be found below

Alex Philpott - Plannaing Ploicy for Traveller Sites adn Unauthorised Encampments

Andy Bagley - Assessing the Potential of Negotiated Stopping

Debbie Kennett - Finding Positive Solutions

Chris Johnson - Evictions by Local and Ohter Public Authorities from Unauthorised Encampments

Megan Godsell - Negotiated Stopping: Making it Happen

Gareth Self - Study on defensible spaces on negotiated stopping sites for Travellers

David Bailey - Fenland District Council

Jo Richardson - Conflict on the roadsides: cost and resolution

Helen Mountfield - Using the Law to Promote Fairer Housing choices for Gypsies and Travellers