Novas sets charter on gypsy support

A housing-support charity launches its national policy charter to tackle the discrimination and inequality experienced by gypsies and travellers in the UK and Northern Ireland at a House of Lords conference today.

Novas claims to be the only registered social landlord to own, manage and provide support for gypsy and traveller sites.

The charter calls for the need to locate sites in suitable locations for the mutual benefit of the disenfranchised groups and not in remote areas next to sewage plants or busy carriageways, as is typical.

It also calls for a national traveller taskforce to advise on gypsy and traveller issues.

"The charter highlights the key points that we believe reinforce the high levels of discrimination gypsies and travellers face," said Michael Wake, executive director of Novas. "They can only achieve their potential if they have access to appropriate accommodation, allied to appropriate health, education and employment resources."

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