FFT response to Home Office announcement of consultation on criminalising trespass

Two children sitting talking on a Traveller site

On Sunday 3rd November, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that the government is to begin consulting on making trespass a criminal offence. Friends Families and Travellers response: “We completely oppose the Home Office announcement of a consultation on criminalising trespass. It is clear that the proposals would have a devastating impact on Gypsy and Traveller … Read more

Last updated Nov 5, 2019

Launch of pledge card for MPs to declare their support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Today, a coalition of organisations have launched a ‘pledge card’ which allows MPs to declare their support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom. Friends Families and Travellers who are co-ordinating the campaign are calling for people to approach their MP and to ask them to make a pledge to stand up … Read more

Last updated Oct 2, 2019

Leading race equality and children’s rights organisations call for ministers to honour a reduced fee for children applying for ‘settled’ status

Friends, Families and Travellers has coordinated the sending of two open letters to Ministers asking for them to ensure that the proposed Settled Status application fee for 16-18 year olds matches the price of those under 16. The letters, which have been signed by a number of leading race equality and children’s rights organisations, were … Read more

Last updated Oct 18, 2018

On World Health Day, FFT asks the government to commit to reducing health inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Today, with the World Health Organization, we celebrate the 70th annual World Health Day. This year the theme is Universal Healthcare Coverage. The underpinning principle of this is that healthcare should be available to everyone, without discrimination. Sadly, not all UK citizens have access to the same standards of healthcare. On this day, we wish … Read more

Last updated Apr 7, 2018

Local Authorities in South East England failing to meet Gypsy and Traveller pitch provision targets

In May and June 2016 FFT undertook a piece of research to ascertain if local authorities in South East England were meeting their requirements under the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) to identify a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years’ worth of sites … Read more

Last updated Feb 15, 2018

Challenge the planning changes for Gypsies and Travellers

Are you affected by the changes to the planning definition for Gypsies and Travellers or the changes about Traveller Sites in the Green Belt or open countryside? In August 2015 the Government announced big changes to Gypsy and Traveller planning guidance, called Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS). Our leaflet “Changes to planning for Gypsies … Read more

Last updated Oct 9, 2015

Combating Antigypsyism – New Resource Published

The first human rights education manual for young people on combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma – was launched on 21 April. The manual – Mirrors – Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education – was made public for the first time at a side event on The Roma between memory and … Read more

Last updated May 1, 2015

Picklesgate – Government covers up their Roma neglect

What the Government was supposed to do The European Commission asked all member states to produce a Roma Integration Strategy. The UK Government declined to do this but instead set up a Ministerial Working Group chaired by Eric Pickles MP. That Group published a ‘Progress Report’ in April 2012, but has been notably silent since … Read more

Last updated Nov 12, 2014

Tell the Government not to take away our rights

The LGTU campaign called We STILL count. The aim of the campaign is to inform as many people as possible about the proposed changes and find ways for them to reply. You can watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbCIUW927ic . FACEBOOK The film is also on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/WeSTILLcount . Here people can post comments … Read more

Last updated Nov 3, 2014