Monday, 22 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Plymouth council are pressing on with their plans to create 55 new pitches in the city despite a concerted anti-Gypsy campaign and having twice been turned down for government funding.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Cornwall planners look set to grant permission for a group of New Travellers to remain on a site on the outskirts of Porthtowan for the next three years.
Councillor Mark Kaczmarek, the Cabinet member for housing and planning, called for more tolerance among the local community: "Mr Willey has already been evicted from several sites in the county. You can't keep moving people on. This a human issue and they need somewhere to stay. He has been living peacefully on the site with a family that has children."
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Devon Romany Louise Broadway talks to the BBC about being a Gypsy working in a mainstream job.
"Right from the start I was like: 'I'm a Traveller by the way, if you don't like it you can lump it. If you don't say to anyone [that you're a Traveller] then they'll always think about the ones that they see in the press and the negative side of things”
An investigation by the Independent newspaper has show that more than a third of Local Authorities have scrapped or slashed funding for Traveller education.
127 out of the 152 local authorities in England provided data showing that 24 planned to scrap their Traveller education support team, while a further 34 had cut staffing levels. 20 councils refused to reveal projected staffing levels as they were "under review", "undecided", "unknown" or being "restructured".
Joint president of the National Association of Teachers of Travellers Linda Lewins commented: "I'm gobsmacked by the speed at which it has happened, I'm watching 20 years of hard work being pulled apart."