Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

Universal Credit - A report by Leeds GATE and Irish Traveller Movement in Britain

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By Helen Jones |  May 13, 2013 |

As part of our objective 'improving education, employment and financial inclusion' Leeds GATE have been working with the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, ITMB, to asses the likely impact of welfare benefit changes.  We are pleased to release a joint report about the upcoming Universal Credit benefit change and the impact this might have on the Gypsy and Traveller community.  

"A Great Day" - open day success at Leeds GATE

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By Helen Jones |  April 29, 2013 |

Hilary Benn at Leeds GATEAfter all the planning, arranging and rearranging, the great day arrived and the new Learning and Resource Center at the Leeds GATE office in Cross Green, was opened in fine style. Guests from across the country, community members and people from all sorts of organisations, joined Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP to celebrate with us.

Its all going online!

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By Helen Jones |  April 19, 2013 |

Universal Credit is the first public benefit that everyone will have to access via the internet...

Online at Leeds GATE...it will bring in some big financial and practical changes to so many people’s lives when it is fully introduced next year.  One less talked about part of this, though of likely huge impact to the Gypsy and Traveller community, is the move online.  By that I mean that if you want to do anything with those benefits which come under Universal Credit (most things outside pensions and disability) then you will have to do so using the internet.

“Help, I have a Gypsy!” – Treating people differently

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By Helen Jones |  March 28, 2013 |

Don't Panic!
Don't Panic!

All too often it seems, GATE receive a call from various agencies, groups and organisations essentially saying ‘help, I have a Gypsy’.  Often such contact is made with the best of intensions, namely the desire to meet people’s needs and the fear that they are not capable of doing so.  However, the underlying problem is the assumption that Gypsies and Travellers are so very different, that they always need, or indeed want, some form of specialist input or treatment.

Fit to work? Employment Support Allowance assessments pile on the pressure

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By Ben Chastney |  March 15, 2013 |

Fit to Work?There is a sadly familiar story for those currently unfit to work and receiving ESA, what for many used to be Incapacity Benefit.  They will have likely in recent months received another Limited capability to work Questionnaire, a twenty page pink booklet containing questions exploring what they can and can’t do in their daily lives.