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Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Negotiated Stopping

Sleep walking into use of wide injunction orders causes great concern to Gypsies and Travellers across England

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By Helen Jones |  August 23, 2018 |

The ordinary by-passer might have no reason to be aware of the significant growth in 'wide injunction orders' being granted to local authorities, but it is a matter that anyone concerned with human rights should be aware of.  To breach such an injunction whether you were aware of it or not, by camping on land subject to such an order, can be punishable by a fine or even a prison sentence.  Below is a briefing from Chris Johnson of the Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership and Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers.  It makes grim reading.  

Next article: "Asset Based Community Development... a reflective opportunity. "

Leeds GATE response to Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP announcement

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By Helen Jones |  April 5, 2018 |

A long anticipated statement today from Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP announced a  review of 'Powers to deal with unauthorised encampments'.  Whilst we welcome any opportunity to discuss management of Unauthorised encampment by Gypsy and Traveller people, Leeds GATE are dismayed and disheartened by the tone of the announcement which suggests a foregone conclusion.

Next article: "Leeds GATE & Lankelly Chase seek Learning Partner for innovative and community led project"

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"

Next article: "Short term funding, evaluation and marginalised communities"

Change-making! More from our conversations about camps

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By Helen Jones |  December 13, 2016 |

The way forward in community cohesion around encampments is really about bringing people together and letting them talk the issues out.  The answers to our difficulties are there amongst us, we need to give ourselves permission to go for it!

What is really encouraging is the growing number of examples of pragmatic solutions being used to manage encampment without continual recourse to legal procedures to evict. Here's our newest report and film.

Next article: "Leeds GATE CEO thinks we need to talk about 'antigypsyism'"

Our new conversation about Gypsy and Traveller encampments is picking up speed!

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By Helen Jones |  November 20, 2016 |

A review of newspaper headlines over several decades indicates strong public interest in Gypsy and Traveller encampments, but very little variation, if any, in the public narratives on the issue.  Every single year for decades there has been at least one parliamentary debate and a plethora of written parliamentary questions.  All saying exactly the same things!

Perhaps this lack of progress is not really surprising.  After all, the whole point about camps is that they are transitory.  The camp moves, everyone calms down and some other local issue takes centre stage.  We usually see a little flurry at election time but apart from that no single residents group, or MP or ward councillor maintains their interest for long.

But change can happen, we have seen that in Leeds alone where the cost savings from our new ‘negotiated stopping’ approach have been really significant, especially at a time when surely every authority would rather be keeping care homes or libraries open than throwing cash at a never ending merry-go-around.

Next article: "Molly's Adventures with Travellers - Learning Lessons?"

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