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Police Bill: BASW UK stands in solidarity with Gypsy, Traveller and nomadic people

‘Day of Solidarity’ with Gypsy and Traveller people, ahead of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s Royal Assent

Today, BASW is taking part in a Day of Solidarity with Gypsy and Traveller people, ahead of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s Royal Assent.

The ‘Day of Solidarity’ - organised by Friends, Families & Travellers - is a show of continuing opposition to the UK Government’s cruel and draconian criminalisation of trespass, and strengthening of police powers against roadside families. 

Part 4 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will see those who ‘trespass with intent to reside’ potentially facing time in prison, a £2500 fine and/or the confiscation of their vehicle(s) (home and possessions).

"The implementation of the Police Bill will not stop Gypsies and Travellers pursuing nomadic traditions which are protected in law," said Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director. "On this day of solidarity with all Gypsies and Travellers in the UK, we commit to continue to use every lever available to enable and protect centuries old traditions. It’s a long drom, it’s always been a long drom and one will continue to jel."

Anyone wishing to get involved should use the hashtag #WeRoamWithYou. You can find social media assets to take part on the Friends, Families & Travellers website.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (Part 4) - further information for social workers: