Briefing: The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
May 7, 2019
Gavin Callaghan - LGiU Associate
Issues Covered
  • making it a criminal offence
  • proposed new powers
  • responses to consultation
Crime, policing and community safety, Public Trust, Rural issues, Welfare and Equalities

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.

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