COVID-19 resources for supporting Gypsy, Traveller and Boater communities

We have created this page to bring together resources we have created relating to Gypsy, Traveller and Boater communities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19: Guidance for managing Traveller sites, unauthorised encampments and supporting people living on canal boats
This guidance will assist local authorities, Traveller site managers and organisations managing canals and waterways in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) within home settings for people living on unauthorised encampments, people living on Traveller sites and people living on canals.

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Stay at home: Guidance for Gypsy, Traveller and Liveaboard Boater households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
This guidance will help people who live on Traveller sites, live roadside in vehicles or live on canal boats who need to self-isolate. It includes an audio recording of the guidance.

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COVID-19: UK Government must lay out clear plan to support Gypsies, Travellers and Boaters

Together with 29 other organisations we wrote to Matt Hancock, Robert Jenrick and Rebecca Pow to highlight action the Government can and must take to support Gypsy, Traveller and Boater communities at this time.

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COVID-19: How  to claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme

This guidance is about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme for the self-employed or members of a partnership who have lost income due to coronavirus.

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Important update on eviction action during coronavirus

The Court and Tribunals Judiciary have updated their rules on some eviction methods, meaning possession proceedings are to be stopped for 90 days during the pandemic. Those with certain bricks and mortar tenancies and those on local authority Traveller sites are protected, however, this does not include protection from eviction for roadside camps.

If you are threatened with evictions from a roadside camp and want help please call us on our helpline 01273 234777, or for legal representation call Community Law Partnership on 0121 685 8595.

COVID-19: Advice for Gypsies and Travellers who are extremely vulnerable
This guidance is for people who are extremely vulnerable and what to do if you think you are  extremely vulnerable but haven't received advice yet from the NHS.

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COVID-19: Mitigating Impacts on Gypsy & Traveller communities

This is a letter from Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to local authorities across England highlighting how they can support Gypsies and Travellers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19: Advice and Guidance for Scottish Gypsy Travellers

A Facebook group organised as a joint intitiative of the Scottish Government, COSLA, Article 12 in Scotland, MECOPP and STEP, providing factual and up-to-date information on Coronavirus to the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

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Roma Support Group statement on impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Roma communities in the UK

The Roma Support Group has issued a public statement raising awareness of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Roma communities in the UK. This statement reflects the concerns of Roma communities in the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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If you require advice or support at this time, you can phone our helpline on 01273 234 777. Please note that in line with Government advice, we have closed our office, however, if you leave a voicemail outlining what you need support with and your contact details, our advice and casework team will respond to your call. Alternatively, you can send us a message using our Contact Us form or get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

If you are roadside and have been threatened with eviction, you can phone Community Law Partnership on their advice line on 0121 685 8677. This is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.

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Page last updated: Sep 1, 2020 @ 11:32 pm

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