Time for Action: FFT response to Government Announcement

Today, the government released their response to a Women and Equalities Committee Report which called for action to address the ‘stark’ inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. In the response, the government confirmed the launch of a new national strategy to tackle these inequalities, committed to improving data collection and to improving processes … Read more

Last updated Jul 2, 2019

Friends, Families and Travellers shortlisted for RSPH Health and Wellbeing Award

On Thursday 20th June, the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) announced that Friends, Families and Travellers are in the shortlist for the ‘Community Health Development Award’ at the Health and Wellbeing Awards 2019. The award ceremony, which will be held in October, recognises and celebrates activities and strategies that successfully empower communities and individuals … Read more

Last updated Jul 10, 2019

Shining a light on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Activism: 25 years of Friends Families and Travellers

Friends, Families and Travellers have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record and film interviews with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller activists including boaters, bargees, show people and horse drawn Travellers. The project will capture the experiences and memories of activism among members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities through oral histories … Read more

Last updated Jun 21, 2019

UK Government condemned by United Nations for ongoing failure to tackle systemic racism towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

On Friday 14th June, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Tendayi Achiume, released her final report on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance following her visit to the United Kingdom in May last year. Her findings highlight ‘the state of invisibility, marginalization and exclusion that have long been endured by Gypsies, Roma … Read more

Last updated Jun 18, 2019

Fuelling and concealing anti-Gypsyism: UK Government examined by United Nations

On 7th and 8th May 2019, the United Nations will be reviewing the UK Government’s compliance with the Convention against Torture. Friends, Families and Travellers and GATE Herts have submitted evidence which shows the government has failed to take sufficient preventative measures to protect Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities from hate crime, failed to gather … Read more

Last updated May 3, 2019

Friends Families and Travellers calls on government to address issues for Travellers registering at GP practices once and for all

Today, Friends Families and Travellers released the findings of a mystery shopping exercise in which they contacted 50 GP practices posing as a patient wishing to register who didn’t have a fixed address or proof of identity and found that almost half of practices would not register them. Despite this, every GP practice was rated … Read more

Last updated Mar 19, 2019

Race equality coalition calls on the government to share plans for responding to racism post-Brexit

CORE a coalition of race equality organisations from across the UK met on 18 February to reflect on the state of racism in Britain today, and how we as a society are responding to it. With 29th of March deadline fast approaching, CORE is calling on the government to share its plan for responding to racism … Read more

Last updated Feb 21, 2019

Get tough on site provision, not on people with no place to go

Yesterday, the government announced plans to give police ‘tough new powers’ to tackle unauthorised encampments. We are deeply concerned that the proposals present unauthorised encampments and antisocial behaviour as one and the same thing. We are equally concerned that the proposals fail to recognise that the main cause of unauthorised encampments is the abject failure … Read more

Last updated Feb 8, 2019

£4.7bn to build affordable housing yet still no sites for Travellers: FFT write to the UN

Friends Families and Travellers have submitted evidence to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women highlighting the widespread lack of progress by local authorities on the provision of Gypsy and Traveller sites and the devastating impact on health, education and overall risk of poverty as a result. The submission calls on the Ministry … Read more

Last updated Jan 30, 2019