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.
This is CLP’s submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government concerning the draft UK report to the United Nations under the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination:
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The deadline for submissions to the disastrous proposals contained in the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on Planning and Travellers was November 23rd 2014. Great efforts were made by lots of people in putting in submissions and there was a flurry of activity on the last day for submissions. Additionally some smaller groups only learnt of the consultation very late in the day and requests have been put in asking for an extension of time. We attach here a selection of the submissions including the submission that CLP did in conjunction with Ruston Planning. Obviously these submissions are made on behalf of the individuals or individual groups or organisations involved and, though we support the vast majority of the submissions made, the submissions are not necessarily the views of CLP.
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This guidance is out for consultation with a deadline of November 21st. Here is the submission from CLP:
CLP, in conjunction with planning consultant, Dr Simon Ruston, have produced a working draft response so that people can hopefully use bits of it as they see fit or so that it can assist people in the process of formulating their responses. We are also very happy to receive any comments on it.
Here is the draft:
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The Government have produced disastrous proposals about planning as it relates to Gypsies and Travellers. CLP hosted a workshop for Gypsy and Traveller support groups and representatives on Monday 6 October 2014 in Birmingham to discuss the consultation. Everyone agreed it was a very useful and informative session. We attach here the briefing paper, appendices and report back from the workshop.
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