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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. "

Hate Crime concerns for families on Camps

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By Helen Jones |  August 29, 2017 |

Its been a busy summer for unauthorised encampment, probably due to the Government's recent change to the planning definition of travellers [sic] which obliges families to prove that they regularly travel in order to remain eligeable to live on, or develop their own, Gypsy sites.  Concern is growing that lurid media reporting, inflammatory statements by politicians, and overall failure to manage encampment positively, is leading to an increase in hate crime attacks on Gypsy and Traveller people.

Next article: "Project Brief - Resources for Elective Home Educated Young People Key Stage 2/3"

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'"

Leeds GATE CEO thinks we need to talk about 'antigypsyism'

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By Helen Jones |  December 2, 2016 |

Promotion and use of the term ‘antigypsyism’ is potentially as contentious as it is helpful. For example in some places in Europe the word gypsy is a stigmatised word.  In the UK and Spain the word, which we capitalise as a name, Gypsy, is not regarded of itself as a stigma. Whatever we think about it, the Alliance against Antigypsyism, who are promoting the term, are likely to have influence in Europe at least, if possibly less so in the UK. Whether we remain in the European Union or not however, this line of thinking is likely to affect UK Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy Travellers and Roma. We need to talk about it.

Next article: "Time for Blue-skies thinking - camping in Shangri-la"

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