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 16, 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 15, 2019

Roma community to be recognised in the 2021 Census

A report released today by the Cabinet Office revealed that for the first time, the Roma community will be recognised in the 2021 Census. Friends Families and Travellers welcome the announcement and hope to hear news soon that NHS England will include Gypsy, Roma and Traveller ethnicity in their data collection methods. In a press release … Read more

Last updated Dec 14, 2018

What does the UN Special Rapporteur report on poverty and human rights say about Gypsies and Travellers in the UK?

On Friday 16th November, Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights released the findings of his visit to the United Kingdom. Friends, Families and Travellers with National Federation Gypsy Liaison Groups submitted evidence prior to the visit and we also met with the Rapporteur about poverty experienced by Gypsy, Roma … Read more

Last updated Nov 29, 2018

High Court judge rules in favour of Irish Traveller claimants in discrimination case against Hillingdon Council

On Friday 13th July, a High Court Judge ruled that Hillingdon Council’s Social Housing Allocation Policy was discriminatory against Travellers. In order to join the social housing register, Hillingdon Council required households to have been living in the borough continuously for at least ten years. Three Irish Traveller claimants successfully challenged the housing policy, highlighting … Read more

Last updated Jul 17, 2018

Health and Wellbeing Alliance launch Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE organisations

We are delighted to announce the launch of an Inclusion Health Audit Tool to measure the engagement of voluntary organisations with Inclusion Health groups. We have led this work in partnership with Homeless Link, as part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The tool was created to help VCSE organisations audit and improve their engagement … Read more

Last updated Jul 17, 2018

Betsy Mobey: Reflections on the one year celebration of the Republic of Ireland’s acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity

On March 15th 2018, Betsy Mobey, then intern at Friends, Families and Travellers, ventured to Dublin to join Travellers in the Republic of Ireland in celebrating one year passing since the Irish State’s acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity. Continue reading to hear details of Betsy’s trip and what she learned on her journey. Betsy writes… In … Read more

Last updated Oct 18, 2018

The end of the road – learning to have difficult conversations about death, bereavement and grief

Everyone has their own way of dealing with death and it can change for people over time. Dying Matters is an initiative which seeks to encourage people to have more open conversations about death, bereavement and grief over the week of the 14th-20th May 2018. There are some commonalities in the ways that members of … Read more

Last updated May 15, 2018