London Gypsy Traveller Unit - North and East London boroughs

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

"Seeking to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers on all levels"

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London Gypsy and Traveller Forum

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LGTU coordinates the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum (LGTF), which meets on a quarterly basis.

The main focus for the London Forum last year was the 2016 Mayoral election. At each meeting we explored one of the key issues for the Traveller community in London with the aim of engaging with the Mayoral candidates and then later on with the newly elected Mayor. We covered the themes of: employment and training, health, education and accommodation which informed a manifesto taken to the Mayoral Candidates.

Open Invitation to join us at the next The London Gypsy and Traveller Forum (LGTF) meeting where we will be back at City Hall, discussing how to take forward the London Gypsy and Traveller Manifesto with the Mayor of London and his team over the coming year. Our October meeting will focus on accommodation issues. For more information please email Ilinca at planning@lgtu.org.uk.

Our next meeting will take place on:
Thursday 9th February 2017
11am - 1pm
Committee Room 4, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA

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In 2014 we celebrated 10 years of existence, which was marked by a refresh of the purpose and terms of reference. We reaffirmed the main objectives of the Forum’s work which is to have a London wide voice for Gypsies and Travellers and to influence the Mayor and London Assembly.

All of our meetings from the last 10 years have been minuted and many have included informative presentations. Click here to see recent minutes and presentations.

One of the main objectives of the Forum’s work in 2014 was to feed in the London Assembly Housing Committee investigation into Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs and site provision. The Forum contributed to setting the agenda of this investigation, organising site visits and submitting a collective response to the Call for Evidence.

Forum at work picture Housing Committee visit to Brideale Close, Southwark

The Housing Committee meeting on 16th October was very well attended by Gypsy and Traveller activists, who represented the issues facing their communities and took part in the debate with council officers and London Assembly Members. The investigation has resulted in a letter to the London Mayor making recommendations on how best to meet the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller community and asking the Mayor to consider including pitch targets in the London Plan.