Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence

Memorandum by Madeleine Midgley (DHB 42)


  I understand that a Housing Bill will be making its way through the House of Commons later this year. I strongly believe that the accommodation needs of Travellers should be addressed in the Bill, and I would like to take this opportunity to register my view with the ODPM Select Committee.

  The current situation facing Travellers as far as site accommodation is concerned is, and has long been, dire. Since the passing of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which ended the statutory duty for local authorities to create sites, more and more Travellers have been forced to camp illegally, enduring appalling physical hardships, lack of access to the most basic facilities and services, and growing hostility on the part of the settled community. Left to the discretion of local authorities. The provision of legal site accommodation is hardly likely to increase; action at central government level, developing out of genuine consultation with Travellers, is required to effect real and lasting change. I hope, therefore, that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Select Committee for the Housing Bill will give this issue their attention.

Madeleine Midgley

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