Government proposes to change the status of Gypsies

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Government proposes to change the status of Gypsies
25th November 2014

The government is proposing a change to the way London's Travellers and Gypsies define their status. 

It's led to fears within the community that it could destroy their identity. 

New rules mean any Travellers and Gypsies could be forced to move into permanent housing, if the site they're staying on fails to meet government guidelines.

The Department for Local Government is consulting on whether the definition of ‘traveller’ in planning policy should be limited to those who have a nomadic lifestyle.

The government stated: “The public want to see fair play in the planning system, with people being treated equally. We are suggesting in our consultation that travellers who have settled and permanently stopped traveling should be treated in the same way as all other members of the settled community, whilst those with genuinely nomadic lifestyles should continue to be treated as travellers in planning law.”

Joining Headline London to discuss this is Debbie Kennett from the London Gypsie and Traveller Unit, and Lisa Buttigieg, who's a Traveller. 

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