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Business As Usual

Despite the Coronavirus lockdown, we are continuing with business as usual at CLP. Though we are not carrying out any office appointments, we are arranging telephone appointments with both existing and new clients. Please telephone our switchboard on 0121 685 8595. Please note that, during this emergency period, the switchboard will have slightly reduced hours and will be open between 9am and 5pm.

Roadside Gypsies and Travellers During the Pandemic Part 1

CLP were commissioned by Friends, Families and Travellers to produce a report (funded by the Baring Foundation) into the situation of roadside Gypsies and Travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report centres on law and guidance as it applies to unauthorised encampments, evictions and service provision.

See the report here: https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Legal-briefing-22.2.2021.pdf
For the webinar delivered on this matter on 27 October 2020 see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk35x0qvIas&feature=youtu.be

Challenging Birmingham’s Allocations Scheme

R(Nur & Abdulahi) v Birmingham City Council [2020]EWHC 3526 (Admin)
https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/3526.html&query=(R(Nur))+AND+(v)+AND+(Birmingham)+AND+(City)+AND+(Council)

Mrs Nur lived with her three adult daughters in private rented accommodation. Her daughter, Zakiya suffers from cerebral palsy and has learning difficulties.

Into the Sea? Wide Injunctions

London Borough of Enfield v Persons Unknown [2020] EWHC 2717 (QB)

Ever since 2015 when Harlow Council obtained a wide injunction against ‘persons unknown’ camping on a large number of parcels of land, Gypsies, Travellers and their supporters have been concerned at the slow but sure spread of these injunctions. If every local authority in England obtained such an injunction where would Gypsies and Travellers who have no place to stop (due to the failure of the very same local authorities to provide pitches, both permanent and transit),  go? Into the sea?

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2020

The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards (the ‘LALYs’) organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group awards took place on the evening of 7th July 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards took place remotely via YouTube. It was wonderful and rather awe inspiring to hear about the incredible work of so many committed legal aid practitioners working around the UK. CLP would like to congratulate all nominees and winners in the various categories.

Harlow Council withdraw injunction against Traveller camps

On Friday 10th July 2020, Gypsy and Traveller campaign organisations celebrated at news that Harlow District Council have withdrawn their injunction against Traveller camps. In 2015, Harlow District Council and Essex County Council were the first local authorities to obtain an injunction protecting vast swathes of land in their areas against unauthorised encampments. Harlow District Council, with Essex County Council no longer taking an active part in the matter, sought variation of the injunction to continue it beyond its final date at a virtual hearing before Mrs. Justice Tipples on Friday 10th July 2020.

CLP write to Lord Chancellor re Evictions

After writing to the Lord Chancellor about evictions of Gypsies and Travellers during lockdown, CLP have received a very unsatisfactory response. Please see the link below for the two letters.  However our interpretation of the recent English and Welsh Guidance in the light of COVID-19 is that either evictions should not happen or suitable alternative locations should be identified. See our two TAT News E Bulletins on both sets of guidance:https://www.communitylawpartnership.co.uk/noticeboard/links/tat-news

 

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Unauthorised Encampments

Gypsy and Traveller support groups have for some time been pressing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to provide guidance regarding Gypsies and Travellers who are, through no fault of their own, on unauthorised encampments.

To assist in this process CLP have now produced suggested guidance.