Amnesty take on the fight for Roma in Europe

Amnesty International’s briefing Human rights here. Roma rights now has now been published. It is a wake-up call for the European Union is a call to the EU to take decisive action and play a central role in ending the discrimination against Roma in Europe. Amnesty said,  on the eve of International Roma Day marked on 8 April, that the … Read more

Last updated Apr 17, 2013

Legal Aid

  Lawyers say ‘Business as usual’   Many Travellers Times readers will have seen mention in the media of the bringing into force of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on 1st April 2013. There has been a lot of concern over the detrimental effects of the cuts to legal aid and … Read more

Last updated Feb 15, 2018

@BasildonCouncil: drop £4.3m eviction charges against Dale Farm families

In October 2011, Basildon Council undertook a brutal forced eviction that left 83 families homeless and living on the roadside. Now Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, has told the families that he made homeless that they must pay the £4.3 million costs of the eviction. Basildon Council knows that the families have no way of … Read more

Last updated Feb 15, 2018

2011 Census Results: Gypsies & Travellers

Until 2012, there were no Gypsies and Travellers according to the UK National Census because they were not recognised by the Census, despite being part of British society for over 500 years. Now, for the first time, Gypsies and Travellers can volunteer their ethnicity, and we welcome that 57,680 have chosen to do so. Sadly, … Read more

Last updated Dec 19, 2012

Government Proposals target Gypsies and Travellers

Issued by JUST WEST YORKSHIRE Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles that he is proposing new planning powers to give local authorities the right to issue unlimited fines and stop notices to Gypsies and Travellers and the appointment of Brandon Lewis as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DCLG … Read more

Last updated Jan 31, 2020

Open letter to the EHRC

FFT, along with a wide range of equality and human rights organisations, has published an open letter, welcoming the Government’s preferred candidate for Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Baroness Onora O’Neill and warning of the challenges that the EHRC faces in light of a government that seems set on undermining its independence … Read more

Last updated Oct 22, 2012

Exciting new project!

FFT are looking for Sussex based volunteers to take part in a new and exciting project. Volunteers will help collect, document and catalogue the life histories of Sussex Gypsies and Travellers. The aim of the project is to place Travellers histories within local history collections and archives, so that present and future generations will better understand and … Read more

Last updated Sep 30, 2012

Beautiful donated Vardo

Many thanks to Kev for making and donating this vardo to FFT. All monies raised from the sale of donated items will go towards funding the national helpline. If you would like to buy this item, or donate a craft item to FFT please contact Liz. Her email is

Last updated Aug 7, 2012