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BBC to cut broadcasting to the Gypsy and Traveller community

London, 2.4.2008 11:06, (ROMEA/ROMA NETWORK) Rokker Radio, the two-hour radio programme established two years ago by BBC for the Gypsy and Traveller community is to be axed at the end of April. As the show prepares to celebrate two years of broadcasting across local BBC radio in the East of England and across the world on the internet, the BBC has decided not to fund the programme beyond the end of April.  full story

'No legal status' for Scotland's gypsies

UK, 17.3.2008 11:23, (The Scotsman ) SCOTTISH gypsy travellers are not a separate ethnic group under the Race Relations Act and therefore not entitled to make racial-discrimination claims, a tribunal has ruled. Kenneth MacLennan, of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, had complained of racial discrimination, alleging he was victimised by being dismissed for "taking a stance on behalf of gypsy travellers".  full story

Solution reached for Gypsy sites

London, 13.3.2008 11:00, (BBC NEWS) Taunton is to be awarded ?100,000 from the government to help ease the problem of unauthorised Gypsy and traveller encampments in the area.  full story

Government pays ?73,000 to improve traveller site

London, 13.3.2008 10:50, (Observer) A TRAVELLER site at Eaton Bray is set to get a ?73,013 makeover.Beds County Council has been given the money to spend on Chiltern View in Northall Road as part of an East of England Gypsy and Traveller Site grant totalling ?6.9 million, announced on Friday by Communities Minister Ian Wright MP.  full story

Gypsies lose their appeal

London, UK, 26.10.2007 15:57, (ROMEA/The Hunts Post) Two Gypsy families who set up home in Huntingdonshire without planningpermission have failed in an appeal against a High Court order whichforced them from the land.  full story

Gipsies target Marco

UK, 8.9.2007 16:19, (Source: Mirror) ITV stepped up security at Hell's Kitchen yesterday - as hundreds of gipsies threatened to protest outside.They were incensed after chef Marco Pierre White used the offensive word "pikey" on Thursday's show.  full story

Chef Marco rebuked over 'pikey' remark

UK, 8.9.2007 16:16, (Source: Daily Mail) Marco Pierre White has been condemned by the racial equality watchdog after he used the word "pikey" on his ITV show.The Commission for Racial Equality called on the chef to apologise after he was heard telling celebrity contestants on Hell's Kitchen: "I don't think it was a pikey's picnic tonight."  full story

Opposition to traveller site plan

UK, 8.9.2007 16:10, (Source: BBC News) Villagers are opposing plans by travellers to set up permanent home on a site near Brecon, Powys. Some families have already moved onto a field in Llanfilo and have now applied to develop the land, but objectors claim the location is unsuitable.  full story

Dale Farm: We Won't Quit

UK, 31.8.2007 10:21, (Ustiben Report) Faced with what many regard as a racially-motivated threat to destroy the UK's biggest Gypsy community, a hundred families at Dale Farm are now looking to British justice to save their homes from the bulldozer.  full story

New MRG campaign: keep minority voices at the UN

London, 15.8.2007 11:43, (MRG/ROMEA/Roma Network) Today MRG and IMADR are launching a new campaign to keep and strengthen minority voices at the UN. Please visit MRG's new-look website and take action to support this campaign:  full story

Rise in race complaints

UK, 26.7.2007 9:45, (Source: HOPEFULLY a dramatic increase in the number of race-related complaints to the Equality Tribunal is a simple statistical consequence of an increased number of foreign nationals in our work places, combined with a growing awareness of their legal rights.  full story


UK, 19.3.2007 14:46, (Ustiben Report/ROMEA) As the Siege of Dale Farm goes into its fifth year, that’s the question all the people in this Travellers’ community in rural Essex are asking themselves. A total of one and a half million euro has already been spent by Basildon council on its ethnic-cleaning policy.  full story

PCSO needed to work with travellers

EU, 9.3.2007 12:16, (ERIO) AN ?18,500 police community support officer is to be appointed by Cambs Police to liaise with the county's estimated 6,000 gypsies and travellers. The new post, which is being trialled for six months, is described in recruitment advertising as an "innovative thematic role".  full story

Lord calls for more land for gypsies

UK, 9.3.2007 12:14, (ERIO) A senior Liberal Democrat peer has called on councils to perform their duty in identifying land for gypsy and traveller sites. Lord Avebury said that hysterical opposition from settled communities has led many councils to drop their site proposals. But the Department for Communities and Local Government circular 1/2006 obliges local authorities to grant temporary permission in areas where new sites are expected to become available. He said: More sites will reduce the inconvenience caused by travellers unauthorized developments and encampments.  full story

Princess Anne to launch new gypsy website

Edinburgh, 9.3.2007 11:36, (Edinburgh Evening News) YOUNG gypsies and travellers will be chatting to the Princess Royal in Edinburgh today as they launch a new website aimed at tackling discrimination. Princess Anne, president of Save the Children, was set to unveil the "Time Travellers" website at Dynamic Earth this afternoon. The charity has been working with the youngsters on the project for the past 18 months, after receiving a ?23,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  full story

High Court fight to evict Gypsies

UK, 2.3.2007 10:11, (BBC) Gypsy families who set up an illegal camp on land in North Curry near Taunton have lost their latest battle to be allowed to stay.  full story

Gypsies and travellers have worse health than other vulnerable groups

UK, 2.3.2007 10:10, (MaxHealth) The health of Gypsies and Travellers is significantly worse than that of other vulnerable groups, reveals research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  full story

Gypsy families lose court battle over Olympics eviction

London, 1.3.2007 14:38, ( Gypsy families who are being evicted to make way for the 2012 Olympics today lost a High Court battle for the right to be re-located to an alternative site of their choice. The families of Irish and Romany descent face losing homes in east London they have occupied for almost 40 years to make way for the ?3.3bn Olympic Park.  full story

Plan to meet pitch demand

UK, 26.2.2007 17:54, (Cambs Time) FENLAND has the highest number of gypsy and traveller caravan pitches in the whole of Cambridgeshire, but 180 more will still be needed in the next five years.  full story


UK, 26.2.2007 17:50, (Ustiben Report) Rejection by the UK Government of final appeals from residents at Dale Farm has set the scene for a showdown in this five-year siege of Britain's biggest Travellers' community.  full story

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