Friends, Families and Travellers briefing: Lack of Increase in Affordable Pitches for Gypsies and Travellers in England

There is a chronic national shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites in England, says a December 2017 briefing (pdf) from Friends, Families and Travellers.

This briefing concludes that the government is failing to address the national shortage of sites for Gypsies and Travellers.

The paper finds:

  • There has been only been a 2% increase in socially rented pitches between 2010 and 2017
  • Despite an increase in private pitch provision between 2010 and 2017 there are still insufficient numbers of new pitches to meet Gypsy and Traveller families’ needs.
  • Many Gypsy and Traveller families cannot buy land or gain planning permission for private sites.

Read the full briefing (pdf).