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What's not to like? Evaluation of Negotiated Stopping released

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By Helen Jones |  August 1, 2017 |

"Negotiated Stopping was broadly consistent with [a total potential annual savings range of] between £190,640 and £238, 350 in local authority and policing costs combined"

"Negotiated Stopping [an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to un-authorised encampment] produced better community cohesion"

We are delighted to share this excerpt from evaluation of Asset Based Community Development at Leeds GATE.  This excerpt details analysis of 'Negotiated Stopping'  - a locally developed method of positively managing un-authorised encampment - which has been taking place in Leeds. The analysis was carried out by Dr Jo Richardson and Fred Mears, of De Montford University, during 2015-17.

Negotiating stopping is not attended to address the need for permanent local pitch provision for Gypsy and Traveller families, neither does it provide fixed 'transit' site provision for mobile families.  However it is an immediately available response to un-authorised encampment by mobile Gypsy and Traveller families which is significantly more cost effective; uses existing staff capacity more sustainably; directly and speedily resolves issues of nuisance for local people; and, by delivering increased community cohesion and addressing nuisance, reduces local objection to much needed permanent pitch provision.  What's not to like?

 

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