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1. 1 Gypsies & Travellers

2. 2 Identity Gypsies resident in UK since 1500s. Irish Travellers since 1700’s in successive waves. New Travellers since 1960’s onwards then again from mid 1990’s. They have a right to a nomadic life style; to equal access to services such as education, health and accommodation; and to protection from discrimination and harassment. They have a right to a nomadic life style; to equal access to services such as education, health and accommodation; and to protection from discrimination and harassment.

3. 3 Section 19A of the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA 1976) prohibits racial discrimination by planning authorities in carrying out their planning functions. In addition, local authorities, have a general duty under the Act to actively seek to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good race relations in all they do. Gypsies and Irish Travellers: defined ethnic groups. Subject to the protection of the Race Relations Amendment Act.

4. 4 True or False

5. 5 Stereotypes

6. 6 Social Requirement Gypsies and Irish Travellers are the most negatively discriminated against group in the UK today. Socially disadvantaged in every measurable criteria - physical health, mental health, life expectancy, educational achievements, literacy, employment and levels of discrimination experienced. Most crime involving Gypsies and Travellers is racially motivated crime against Gypsy and Traveller groups. Police see no greater crime within Gypsy population than in the settled population. Research has consistently confirmed the link between the lack of good quality sites for Gypsies and Travellers and poor health and education. Research has consistently confirmed the link between the lack of good quality sites for Gypsies and Travellers and poor health and education.

7. 7 The average life expectancy is 10-12 years less than the settled population. 42% have a limiting life-long illness compared with 18% of the settled population. 13% of Gypsy children gain A-C GCSE grades compared to 52% of the settled population. 18% of Gypsy mothers have experienced the death of a new born compared to 1% of the settled population.

8. 8 Taking enforcement action against encampment is expensive. Time Consuming. High staff costs. High financial costs. High legal costs. With no site provision difficult to win at court. A drain on public finances. Bristol City Council. Post site development, costs dropped at £40,000 each year as sites came on line. Complaints dropped from 1000 a year to less than 50. Financial Requirement

9. 9 Legal Requirement 2004 Criminal Justice Act. Removed the duty on Local Authorities to provide Gypsy or Traveller Sites. Unauthorised encampments and developments have risen ever since and are the biggest cause of social conflict between the Travelling and Settled Communities.

10. 10 2004 Housing Act: Local Authorities must assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers just as is done for anyone else and produce a strategy showing how this need will be met. 2006 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment completed in Somerset. Regional Spatial Strategy - directs the pitch numbers.

11. 11 57 Residential Pitches and 30 Transit Pitches. Meeting the Need: Looking at Council owned land, brownfield sites, semi-public land and privately owned land. Multiple Sources. No sites identified yet. Pitch Requirements A pitch is usually 2-3 caravans or one family. A pitch is usually 2-3 caravans or one family.

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13. 13 A report released by the Equality and Human Rights commission shows that as little as one square mile of land across all of England would be enough to provide all Gypsy and Traveller families with sufficient authorised sites. May sound like a lot but 550 houses built a year over the past 5 years. A report released by the Equality and Human Rights commission shows that as little as one square mile of land across all of England would be enough to provide all Gypsy and Traveller families with sufficient authorised sites. May sound like a lot but 550 houses built a year over the past 5 years.

14. 14 In Perspective 87 pitches may sound like a lot but 550 houses have been built each year in Mendip over the past 5 years. GTAA required only 20 ‘houses’ to be built each year to meet Gypsy and Traveller needs. A report released by the Equality and Human Rights commission shows that as little as one square mile of land across all of England would be enough to provide all Gypsy and Traveller families with sufficient authorised sites.

15. 15 In Summary Legal requirement. Strong social need. Financial Savings to be made. 87 pitches to be found. Small, family group sized sizes across the District. Ongoing. Current strategies looking at provision up to 2020. Mendip District Council Gypsy and Traveller Strategy to be published shortly.

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