Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities Contents


Committee information


1 Introduction


Our Inquiry

2 What we know about inequalities facing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK

Evidence of poor outcomes in Gypsy and Traveller communities



Economic Activity

Discrimination and Hate Crime

Roma history and inequalities

Data driving policy

3 Government policy: history and current practice

The EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

The Ministerial Working Group on Tackling Inequalities Experienced by Gypsies and Travellers

The role of the Race Disparity Audit

Other Government action

4 Data gaps and how to deal with them

Declaring ethnicity

5 Education

Poor attendance, elective home education and children missing from education

The law and the right to education

Pupil Passports

Discrimination and bullying

Gender roles and their effect on education of Gypsy and Traveller children

Schooling that is inclusive of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage

Role models

6 Healthcare

Barriers to accessing health services and discrimination

Allocation of resources for health services

The Role of the Care Quality Commission

The NHS Long Term Plan

Engaging Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in healthcare

Site quality and health outcomes

7 Roma-specific issues

Data challenges

The National Roma Integration Strategy

Community building



Leadership in Education

Exiting the EU

8 Discrimination and Hate Crime

Discrimination by public bodies

Discrimination law as applied to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people

Incidents of discrimination in public services

Implementing the Public Sector Equality Duty in public services

The role of training in tackling discrimination

Individuals tackling discrimination

Hate Crime

How hate incidents are reported

9 Violence against women and girls

The nature of domestic abuse in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Challenges in accessing support

Violence prevention

Conclusions and recommendations

1 Ministerial Working Group on Gypsies and Travellers commitments progress at 30 October 2014

2 Ongoing projects funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 5 April 2019