National strategy launched to tackle inequalities faced by traveller communities

THE Government has launched a national strategy it says will tackle “entrenched inequality” and improve the lives of gypsy, Roma, and traveller communities.

“We recognise that members of gypsy, Roma and traveller communities continue to face some of the steepest challenges in society. Despite ongoing government work in this area, it’s clear that more needs to be done,” said communities minister, Lord Bourne.

“Health, education and housing inequalities are considerable, and we know that that there are disproportionate levels of violence experienced by some women and girls within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

“To bridge these divides and tackle these vital issues, we are launching an ambitious programme of work, to be undertaken across government, which will aim to tackle the serious disparities faced by gypsy, Roma and traveller communities.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) will lead the national strategy, working with several government departments and the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit to improve outcomes in areas including health, education and employment.

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