Gypsy and Traveller’s and the revised planning definition of need

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Stephen Cottle, Ruth Munns, Dr Angus Murdoch, Professor Jo Richardson, Dr Simon Ruston, Nick Soucek

Research report 128. Gypsy and Traveller sites: the revised planning definition’s impact on

assessing accommodation needs.

Publication date: 2019
Ranking: essential

In their words:

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“The revised definition of Gypsies and Travellers now no longer includes those who have ceased travelling permanently for any reason, including old age or disability. This is a departure from the previous definition, which did include those who had ceased travelling either temporarily or permanently on the grounds of old age, ill health or educational needs.”

“The Government identifies unmet accommodation needs as an inequality faced by Gypsies and Travellers (Department of Communities and Local Government, 2011, para 2.15). Although there are pockets of good practice in site delivery and management (as found in Richardson and Codona’s 2016 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), historically LPAs have failed to facilitate or provide sufficient sites (Cemlyn et al., 2009). And the lack of suitable and secure accommodation underpins many of the other inequalities that Gypsies and Travellers encounter.”

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Research Team, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Arndale House, The Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AQ

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