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The Rights of Gypsies and Travellers

This chapter deals with the rights of Gypsies and Travellers. Gypsies are people who may be of English, Welsh or Scottish descent, and who have Romany ancestry. ‘Gypsy’ has a specific meaning for planning purposes. Travellers include Irish and Scottish Travellers, nomadic ethnic groups with a separate identity, culture, language and history.

Much of this section focuses on planning matters and the use of land for caravan sites, as such sites are a central component of the Gypsy and Traveller lifestyle. There are also sections covering the enforcement of planning laws and the use of powers to remove Gypsies and Travellers from sites.

There are sections on access to education and healthcare, as Gypsies and Travellers often have difficulty in accessing these services for a number of reasons, and the Chapter also deals with issues of discrimination and human rights.

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