The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced immediate cuts to government funding programmes in order to start addressing the budget deficit.
Savings have been sought across a number of housing programmes delivered by the Homes & Communities Agency and it is with regret that we have to announce that, as part of those savings, the Gypsy & Traveller Site Grant programme has been closed to new allocations this year.
As a result we will not be continuing with the current bid assessment process and there will be no further opportunities to bid for grant in the current financial year. NO MORE SITES!!
We, the undersigned, call upon the Coalition Government to honour the commitment to the Gypsy and Traveller Site Grant for 2010/2011, as a matter of urgency, to enable local authorities ‘to ensure provision of suitable authorised sites to tackle genuine local need…’ as detailed in ‘Open Source Planning’ Green Paper and to ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have equal access to decent and affordable homes as set out in ‘The Coalition: our programme for government’ - ‘We will provide incentives for local authorities to deliver sustainable development, including for new homes and businesses'.
Until suitable, appropriate and affordable sites are provided for Gypsies and Travellers, there will continue to be a cycle of unauthorised encampments, causing disruption and cost to both the settled and Travelling communities.
The Good Community Relations: Work towards increased G and T provision petition to Government was written by Joe Hurn and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.