COSLA continues to work in partnership to improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller communities and to better protect their rights to a culturally appropriate lifestyle while embedding a human rights and public health based approach to all delivery.
National Action Plan
The joint national action plan ‘Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers (2019/2021)’ was launched in October 2019 in partnership with the Scottish Government and a with members of Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller community.
The action plan has taken a different shape in its first year to be responsive to COVID-19 and support essential service provision for the Gypsy/Traveller community, through the development and delivery of a joint national policy to support Gypsy/Travellers during the pandemic Covid-19 framework.
Now in the second year of the action plan there is renewed energy and commitment in 5 key areas to support better experiences for Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller communities. To:
· Provide more and better accommodation
· Improve access to public services
· Better incomes in and out of work
· Tackle Racism and discrimination
· Improve Gypsy/Traveller representation
Scotland’s Council Leaders collectively signed up to the plan in 2019 and maintain their commitment to show local leadership in tackling racism and discrimination and ensuring greater Gypsy/Traveller representation in decision making at a local and national level.
More and better accommodation
COSLA are supporting local authorities to work in partnership with Gypsy/Travellers’ resident on local authority permanent sites to consider spend options of local allocations from a £2 million capital fund provided by Scottish Government for site improvements above the current minimum standard.
COSLA have been working alongside Scottish Government, partner organisations and Gypsy/Travellers to shape understanding of culturally appropriate accommodation needs and aspirations to develop a quality standard guide for use in the delivery of more and better accommodation.
COSLA hosted Scotland’s 12 month Negotiated Stopping pilot 01 September 2020 to support local authorities in their delivery of positive approaches to supporting Gypsy/Travellers who are living roadside, either on a permanent or seasonal basis. This work has drawn on learning from the Leeds GATE ‘Negotiated Stopping’ model and will develop a human rights and public health based model in partnership with members of the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland. 3 local authorities are formally piloting the model, East Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross and Moray with a further 4 local authorities taking a participatory role.
COSLA are working in partnership with colleagues across the public sector to tackle racism and discrimination towards Gypsy/Travellers. Through the development of a Local Leaders network, to be launched in December 2020, and briefing pack we are supporting elected members to champion the rights of Gypsy/Travellers in their local areas and identifying ways to strengthen policies and service delivery. Elected members are encouraged to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to be involved in this work.
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Last updated: 12/11/2020