Housing and Planning Bill

Written evidence submitted by Tom McCready (HPB 77)

To whom it may concern.

To my absolute astonishment I have been made aware that the Government intend to remove the specific Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments from the Housing and Planning Bill.

The very fact that specific Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments exist at all is testament to their importance. They did not come about on a whim, we fought long and hard for them and they were put in place because right minded people understood that they are an absolute necessity.

Without specific accommodation assessments, local authorities will be at liberty to ignore the needs of Gypsies, Irish Travellers and Show people and there will be even less site provision than there is now. We've been there before so the consequences should be obvious.

Less site provision means more unauthorised camping, more difficulty in accessing health care and education, more stress related illnesses, more broken homes and more misery for the nations most persecuted people.

People will be forced to either break the law or move into totally unsuitable bricks and mortar accommodation.  

Removing specific accommodation needs assessments for these ethnic minorities will not make the need go away.

November 2015

Prepared 24th November 2015