Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Campaigns and Consultations

Re-Defining Travellers Out Of Existence

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.


Total Attachments: 21

Association of Chief Police Officers (668 KB) Churches Network for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma (557 KB) CLP and Ruston Planning (1 MB) Kim Cresswell (554 KB) Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group (302 KB) Equalities and Human Rights Commission (823 KB) Friends, Families and Travellers (224 KB) Hargreaves Planning (598 KB) Heine Planning (497 KB) Irish Community Care Merseyside (880 KB) Tim Jones, Barrister (275 KB) London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (756 KB) Murdoch Planning (1 MB) National Federation of Gypsy Liasion Groups (585 KB) Royal Town Planning Institute (436 KB) South West Law (419 KB) Siobhan Spencer (180 KB) Tony Thompson (773 KB) The Traveller Movement (677 KB) Roger Yarwood (144 KB) York Travellers Trust (282 KB)

Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Planning and Travellers’ consultation

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:


Total Attachments: 1

Response of CLP and Ruston Planning (82 KB)

Department for Communities and Local Government Consultation on Planning and Travellers

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.


Total Attachments: 3

Final Briefing Paper (70 KB) Appendices to Briefing Paper (2 MB) Report back from Consultation Workshop (47 KB)

Low Commission Final Report

The Low Commission is an independent commission set up by the Legal Action Group to report into the question of access to justice especially in the light of the recent and ongoing Legal Aid reforms. They produced their final report in January 2014. Click here to access The Low Commission final report.

CLP has done an analysis of this report:


Total Attachments: 1

CLP Analysis of Low Commission Final Report (38 KB)

Judicial Review and Legal Aid

Following their response to the consultation on judicial review, the Ministry of Justice have produced civil legal aid regulations to implement the proposed changes with regard to payment of legal aid in such cases. However we have noticed that the regulations do not replicate the MoJ’s proposals. We trust this is a mistake. Submissions on this need to be made by Tuesday March 18th and can be sent via Nicola Mackintosh of the Legal Aid Practitioners group:


Total Attachments: 2

Civil Legal Aid Regulations (431 KB) CLP response to Civil Legal Aid Regulations (28 KB)