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Equal Opportunities Committee 2

Mhairi Craig from Shelter Scotland told the the Equal Opportunities Committee Gypsy/Travellers were "not consulted enough" about sites where they live, on 13 December 2012.

Ms Craig said they were "very articulate and know what they want but they are historically so used to not getting listened to" they end up taking a step back and asking "what's the point?".

The committee were taking evidence on their inquiry into where Gypsy/Travellers live, with a round table discussion.

Ms Craig also called for the government to create main model for occupancy agreements on sites.

Earlier, Brian Kane, a Travellers Site Manager/Liaison Officer from South Ayrshire Council said every local authority across Scotland had a different strategy for working with Gypsy/Travellers, which did not work.

Mr Kane called for the Scottish government to lay down a strategy for all local authorities to follow.

SNP MSP Dennis Robertson pointed out the North East of Scotland required over 30 sites, but only had one traditional static site.

Mr Robertson said when traditional sites had been closed down there had been " no thought given to where to accommodate" Gypsy/Travellers, which was "not equitable" and "unacceptable".

Also giving evidence were Dave Black from Grampian Regional Equality Council; Rod Buchanan from the Argyll Community Housing Association Ltd; Bill Goodall from Perth & Kinross Council and Kevin McGown from North Lanarkshire Council.

The first part of the commiittee can be viewed below:

Equal Opportunities Committee 1


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