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

Advice for Advisors portal launched for organisations and advocates supporting members of Gypsy and Traveller communities

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Advice for Advisors portal for organisations and advocates who support Gypsy and Traveller communities.  The portal is free to access and provides guidance for advocates supporting members of Gypsy and Traveller communities on issues including planning, education, health, accommodation and discrimination. We have offered advice … Read more

Last updated Jan 29, 2019

Will the NHS Long Term Plan improve the lives of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities?

Yesterday, Monday 7th January 2018, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan. The plan sets out the strategy for the NHS over the next ten years and includes ambitions for the NHS to increase its contribution to tackling some of the most significant causes of ill health, with a particular focus on the communities and groups of people … Read more

Last updated Jan 15, 2019

A poison pill: The Andrew Selous Bill

On the 13th November 2018, Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire proposed a bill in the House of Commons calling for drastic changes to policies around Gypsy and Traveller accommodation. The Bill has not yet been made public, but we are extremely concerned that the anti-Gypsy sentiment expressed in Selous’ Ten Minute Rule to … Read more

Last updated Jan 29, 2019

No place for nomadism: High Court Injunctions give Gypsies and Travellers nowhere to go

Over recent months, at least 19 local authorities have obtained high court injunctions to prevent Gypsies and Travellers from stopping on public land in their area. The penalty for those who do stop on land that isn’t theirs can include a fine, imprisonment and even having their property seized. When we consider that most families … Read more

Last updated Jan 29, 2019