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Where Gypsy/Travellers Live

Equal Opportunities Committee 1st Report, 2013 (Session 4)

We are extremely frustrated to have heard repeatedly that the settled community, local authorities and service providers tend towards making negative assumptions about Gypsy/Travellers' needs. The assumptions range from where and how the community prefers to live to how much Gypsy/Traveller people want to interact with services and with the settled community. Having seen for ourselves the squalid conditions endured by tenants on most council sites, it is clear that, despite enthusiastic talk of dialogue‘, understanding of Gypsy/Travellers and their culture is lacking even amongst some of those working most closely with the community. We begin by sharing what we‘ve learned about some of the most common misconceptions.