Posts Tagged ‘traveller’s rights’

Resist the criminalisation of trespass – write to your MP

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers has launched a new tool to support Gypsies, Travellers and members of the public to write to their MP to register their concerns about the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. This new law will criminalise both peaceful protest and the nomadic way of life.

The Bill proposes extremely harsh legislation to criminalise trespass, which will criminalise Travellers living on roadside camps and is likely to impact upon everyone who is or wishes to live nomadically by culture, choice or necessity, including liveaboard boaters without a home mooring. 

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There’s still time to do the Census

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

The deadline for completing the 2021 Census is the end of April, and the Census telephone helpline has added a special line for people living on boats or in caravans, vans, tents or other transient accommodation. This follows the severe difficulties that some liveaboard boaters experienced trying to get a Unique Access Code to do the census online. You can now call the Census helpline and select option 4 .

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CRT threaten to remove boaters’ possessions from towpath between Avoncliff and Bridge 173 in April

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

CRT has stated that it will remove any items left on or beside the towpath between Smelly Bridge (Bridge 173) and Avoncliff if these are not removed before April 2021. Due to the pandemic, CRT has provided a skip at Bridge 173 for boaters to dispose of any unwanted items.

CRT is threatening to terminate the licences of boaters who “persistently obstruct the towpath or use Trust land for storing items from their boat”. This is another reason to oppose and resist CRT’s proposed changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions

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Census helplines are open now!

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Free telephone and text helplines for the 2021 Census are open now. For England, 0800 141 2021.

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Make sure you can take part in the Census on March 21st

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

The 2021 Census will take place on 21st March and for the first time will be mainly digital, with paper forms available on request. Freephone helplines will open from 1st March, with all minority languages catered for.

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Please respond to Wiltshire Gypsy and Traveller strategy consultation survey by 12th March

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Wiltshire Council is consulting on its future Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Boater (GRT&B) strategy. Please make sure that the voices and views of the liveaboard boater community are heard by completing this online survey by 5pm next Thursday 12th March 2020. The survey is here https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=158134588690

The survey asks for your comments on the Council’s draft 2020-25 strategy for the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Boater communities in its area. You can download the 14-page draft strategy here Draft-gypsy-roma-traveller-and-boater-strategy-2020-2025-for-wiltshire

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Julian House Travelling Community Support Service extended to Wiltshire – boater support worker job vacancy

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Wiltshire Council has just started a two-year project to tackle inequalities amongst Boaters, Gypsies and Travellers in Wiltshire. This is a partnership between Julian House and the Wiltshire Traveller Reference Group. Julian House is now recruiting for a Boater Outreach and Engagement Worker to cover Bradford on Avon to Devizes and beyond. If you are interested in applying for this part-time job, see https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm
People from the liveaboard boater community are encouraged to apply. The closing date is 12 noon on 27th January 2020.

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First ever nationwide liveaboard boater health survey

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) are carrying out a health survey of liveaboard boaters as part of their campaign to end discrimination in health services. This is the first nationwide health survey of the liveaboard boating community.

You can complete the survey online here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VKWCVHY

Or you can get a paper copy from Sam Worrall, FFT, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG. Tel 01273 234777 or 07425 419869 or see www.gypsy-traveller.org

Euro election? You can vote without a fixed address – register by May 7th if you want to vote on May 23rd!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in the UK on May 23rd except in the very unlikely event that agreement on a Brexit deal is reached among MPs before 22 May.

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Secretive anti-liveaboard group set up by DEFRA – please write to your MP now!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

A multi-agency working group on “residential houseboats” was set up by the DEFRA Inland Waterways Policy Land Use section over a year ago in December 2017, “tasked to look at the issue of illegally [sic] moored houseboats”.

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