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Housing and Homelessness

Trespassers should not be prosecuted

  • Published 17th Mar 2020
  • Authors: Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

NPI’s response to a government proposal that would curtail the freedom of Gypsies and Travellers, the UK’s most disadvantaged, identifiable group.

This response is in three parts, namely: the principle; the specific powers; some of the disadvantages experienced by members of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

A shortage of data specific to the gypsy and traveller community means that evidence on the outcomes experienced by gypsies and travellers is patchy. Within the limits of what is available, however, they are unarguably the most disadvantaged identifiable group in the UK.

This short report was NPI’s submission to the Government consultation, now closed, on a proposal to strengthen police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments. It is an unfunded piece of work, triggered by a chance discussion at an Equalities Trust meeting in Birmingham in February 2020.

About this report
This report responds to a proposal to criminalise trespass, curtailing the freedom of Gypsies and Travellers – the most disadvantaged identifiable group in the UK – to move from place to place. This short report was NPI’s submission to the Government consultation, now closed, on a proposal to strengthen police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments. It is an unfunded piece of work, triggered by a chance discussion at an Equalities Trust meeting in Birmingham in February 2020.