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Travelling People

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what research the Equality and Human Rights Commission has undertaken into Travellers. (288262)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has undertaken the following research:

(i) A review of the inequalities experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities across the Commission’s mandate and public services, building on the race focus of Common Ground published in 2006 by the Commission for Racial Equality.

(ii) An assessment of local authorities’ progress in meeting the accommodation needs of Gypsy and Traveller communities in England.

Both pieces of research were published in March 2009 alongside the Commission’s report, “Gypsies and Travellers: Simple solutions for living together”, which highlights and promotes best practice.

Similar research for Scotland will follow in the autumn.