This book brings together the areas of law affecting the travelling community. It is the only guide to cover accommodation needs such as planning, site provision, homelessness and eviction as well as other issues impacting on the day to day lives of Gypsies and Travellers such as education, health care and race discrimination.
'It was a real pleasure to be asked to
contribute a foreword to this Handbook on Gypsy and Traveller law,
and thus to have the chance to congratulate the authors on their
comprehensive coverage of this increasingly important subject. This
second edition will be an essential reference, not only for legal
practitioners, but for local authority officials, Citizens Advice
Bureaux, Gypsy and Traveller activists, councillors and members of
both Houses of Parliament.' Lord Avebury from the
'I take great pleasure in commending this book, which for the
first time draws together all of the legislation and case-law
relating to Gypsies and Travellers. I hope that this book will
empower people to secure their rights and enable those representing
them both to provide effective advice on existing laws and bring
improvements to the laws themselves.' Trevor Phillips, chair of
the Equality and Human Rights Commission, on the first
'When I picked up this book I had a feeling it was going to be
interesting. My instincts were correct ... unlike many textbooks or
legal manuals I found the contents sufficiently engrossing that I
was able to read the whole book cover to cover in a few days ... I
believe this book will be well-thumbed by many interested parties.'
Solicitors Journal, on the second edition.
The Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK experience
widespread deprivation, social exclusion and discrimination. The
lack of provision of suitable sites for Gypsies and Travellers is
the root cause of most, if not all, of the difficulties that they
face living in Great Britain today.
There is now a new legal framework and new policy designed to
address the severe shortage of sites. Local authorities now have a
duty to assess the need for Gypsy and Traveller sites in their area
and to allocate land which will meet the need identified. However,
it is likely that it will take a considerable length of time for
that exercise to be completed and, meanwhile, rented site provision
remains in short supply and Gypsies and Travellers continue to be
frustrated in their attempts to develop sites for themselves.
Gypsy and Traveller Law balances straightforward,
practical advice with comprehensive coverage of the statutes,
regulations, guidance, circulars and a rapidly developing body of
This fully updated second edition includes:
- a new section on non-local authority rented Gypsy and
- significant human rights law developments, including analysis of
the impact of the decisions in Connors v UK and Price
v Leeds City Council;
- the latest developments on the question of security of tenure on
official local authority sites;
- new government guidance on the grant of planning permission, the
provision of sites and their management;
- up-to-date case-law on the enforcement of planning
- the changes introduced by the Equality Act 2006 and the creation
of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
This is the key reference work for lawyers and advisers working
with Gypsies and Travellers and an essential guide for local
authorities on their duties to the travelling community and the
social and legal implications of failure to fulfil these
obligations. Gypsy and Traveller Law also aims to empower
Gypsies and Travellers to secure their rights and challenge
Editors and contributors:
Chris Johnson is a solicitor and partner in
Community Law Partnership in Birmingham, and leader of the
Travellers Advice Team at the firm.
Marc Willers is a barrister at Garden Court
Chambers in London, specialising in public law, human rights, and
planning law, with a particular emphasis on the representation of
Gypsies and Travellers.
Contributing authors: Sasha Barton, Sharon
Baxter, Stephen Cottle, Murray Hunt, Tim Jones, Angus Murdoch and