The Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership (CLP) advises and represents Gypsies and Travellers throughout England and Wales and has dealt with (and continues to deal with) many cases in London. We are just responding here to the piece in the draft London Plan on Gypsies and Travellers: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/draft-new-london-plan/chapter-4-housing/policy-h16-gypsy-and-traveller-accomodation
The Welsh Government are consulting on a replacement to the Travelling to a Better Future Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (2011). The new document, Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers is very positive and we would encourage people to send in submissions. You can find details here: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/enabling-gypsies-roma-and-travellers
The deadline for submissions is December 21. TAT have produced a joint submission with Marc Willers QC and Dr Simon Ruston of Ruston Planning.
The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is a radical, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. CLP incorporates the Travellers Advice Team (TAT) – a ground breaking nationwide 24 hour advice service for Gypsies and Travellers.
Community Law Partnership response to the HPCDS consultation.
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The Women and Equalities Committee in Parliament is holding an inquiry into the above.
CLP made submissions to this important review in January. Here are our submissions:
Congratulations to Herts Gypsy and Traveller Exchange who have now set up a specific website dealing with this vital matter. See their link here: http://reportracismgrt.com/
The UK Statistics Authority has recently carried out the above survey. Here is our email to them:-
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Everyone had been waiting with trepidation for the Government’s response to the Travellers and Planning Consultation. You can find examples of some of the wonderful consultation responses in our article below “Re-Defining Travellers Out of Existence”
After lobbying from Dr Angus Murdoch, a Planning Consultant who acts for Gypsies and Travellers, the Liberal Democrat MP, David Laws, studied all of the consultation responses and was very concerned about the points that were made in those responses. Accordingly the Liberal Democrats blocked the attempt of Mr Pickles, the Secretary of State for Justice, to bring in changes to planning policies including the proposed change to the definition of “Gypsy” for the purposes of planning. This is excellent news. Well done to Angus, David Laws, Lord Avebury (who facilitated this process) and all of those who put in consultation responses. A report on this appeared in the Daily Telegraph and, interestingly, on the same page there was a report about thousands more homes being planned for the Green Belt. You can read this at:- Daily Telegraph Report
The above quote is the conclusion of the cross party Parliamentary Justice Committee in their report Impact of Changes to Civil Legal Aid under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders’ Act 2012 published on 12 March 2015.