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MPs expose shocking failure of Government to address exclusion of Gypsies and Travellers

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By Helen Jones |  April 5, 2019 |

We recognise the dire picture of failure, ineffectiveness and inefficiency stemming from government policy and action, or lack of action, which this damning report paints. We can only hope that it might provide the necessary prompt to government to take an honest and open look at its failings, and to initiate significant and sustained effort to amend.

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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.

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How important is trust between Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people and health services?

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By Helen Jones |  February 20, 2017 |

These are important questions that a team of researchers from Dundee and York universities and Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (Leeds GATE) are investigating. It is well known that Gypsies and Travellers have poor health compared to other groups in the UK. We also know that they use health services less (or later on a health journey when things are more acute).

Dr Alison McFadden, Senior Research Fellow, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee tells us about an important new piece of research.

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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.

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Gypsies and Travellers and memory loss - new guide to be launched soon

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By Helen Jones |  January 26, 2016 |

For some time now Leeds Gypsy and Traveller families have been working with friends and colleagues from the Irish in Britain Cuimhne (Irish Memory Loss Alliance) to produce a good practice guide for service providers  and commissioners to raise awareness and improve services  for Gypsies and Travellers experiencing memory loss (Alzheimers and dementia).

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