Ignore headlines about squatters, government proposals target Gypsies and travellers – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2011 in demonstrations, housing, legislation, news, squatting, travellers, trespass by tracey

“The prime minister’s confirmation that the government will be bringing forward legislation for the criminalisation of trespass and the proposed removal of removal of legal aid from trespassers in the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill amount to the most significant changes to the law of trespass in England and Wales for generations.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

LSB publishes literature review of legal needs – Legal Services Board

“The LSB has conducted a review of existing research literature into the needs of different groups of legal services consumers. The review summarises the legal needs of a variety of different groups, their methods of accessing legal services and where their needs are not met. The review helps to identify gaps in existing research and will be used to target our future research programme.”

The Legal Needs of Consumer Groups (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Government to introduce new powers over traveller sites – BBC News

Posted August 24th, 2010 in local government, news, planning, travellers by sally

“A number of changes to tackle illegal gypsy and traveller sites are to be introduced, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 24th August 2010

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Villagers’ fury after High Court rules ‘travellers can build toilets on green belt land’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2010 in news, planning, travellers by sally

“Villagers who formed a human barricade to stop travellers building a caravan site near their homes have suffered a further blow after the High Court granted permission for diggers to be brought on to the land.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2010

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Injunction over Meriden travellers’ site – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2010 in injunctions, local government, news, planning, travellers by sally

“A High Court injunction has been won by a council to stop travellers building on land they own in a village.”

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BBC News, 21st May 2010

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Traveller site legal case begins – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2009 in news, travellers by sally

“A council has started legal action against a group of travellers who moved into an Essex village in April.”

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BBC News,

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Judge rules gipsy can stay at illegal site to help him beat heroin addiction – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 7th, 2009 in news, travellers by sally

“A Romany gipsy has won a High Court battle allowing him to stay on an illegal travellers’ site, after a judge ruled it would help him beat his heroin addiction.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2009

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Liverpool City Council v Doran (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted March 9th, 2009 in human rights, law reports, local government, travellers by sally

Liverpool City Council v Doran (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) [2009] EWCA Civ 146; [2009] WLR (D) 83

“There was no conflict between the propositions (1) that there was no formula setting out the factors which could be relied upon by a licensee in support of an argument that the decision of a local authority, operating a site under the provision of the Caravan Sites Act 1968, to serve a notice to quit was one which no reasonable council would have taken, and (2) that the question whether the council’s decision was one which no reasonable person would have made was to be decided by applying public law principles as they would have been developed at common law, and not through the lens of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

WLR Daily, 6th March 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Gypsies on greenbelt site face eviction after court ruling – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2009 in news, travellers by sally

“More than 100 Gypsy families living illegally on greenbelt land in Essex were yesterday told they would be evicted after a senior judge ruled that allowing them to stay would encourage others to follow their lead.”

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2009

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Appeal court to rule on log cabin – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2008 in judicial review, news, planning, travellers by sally

“A council will not fight a legal challenge by travellers over a building at the Dale Farm site in Essex.”

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BBC News, 26th October 2008

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Doherty v Birmingham City Council – Times Law Reports

Posted August 14th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, local government, travellers by sally

Doherty v Birmingham City Council

House of Lords

“Although the definition of a ‘protected site’ in section 5(1) of the Mobile Homes Act 1983, in excluding Gypsies from the protection of that Act, was incompatible with an occupier’s right to respect for his home in article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, incompatible primary legislation had to be enforced and an occupier’s defence to a local authority’s claim for possession should be remitted to the judge for examination of the question whether the council’s decision to seek possession had been reasonable.”

The Times, 14th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Doherty v Birmingham City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted August 13th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, local government, travellers by sally

Doherty v Birmingham City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) [2008] UKHL 57; [2008] WLR (D) 291

“The definition of ‘protected site’ in s 5(1) of the Mobile Homes Act 1983, in excluding gipsies from the protection of the Act, was incompatible with an occupier’s right under art 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to respect for his home. The occupier’s case should be remitted to the judge to consider whether the local authority’s decision to seek possession had been reasonable.”

WLR Daily, 12th August 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Regina (Wychavon District Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted July 1st, 2008 in law reports, planning, travellers by sally

Regina (Wychavon District Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Others

Court of Appeal

“The loss of their home by a Gypsy family with nowhere else to live was capable in law of being regarded as a very special factor for the purposes of the national guidance issued to local planning authorities and was to be weighed in the balance as between the value society attached to the protection of Gypsy homes against the public value of protecting the Green Belt.”

The Times, 1st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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R (Wychavon District Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 25th, 2008 in environmental protection, law reports, planning, travellers by sally

R (Wychavon District Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others [2008] EWCA Civ 692; [2008] WLR (D) 20

The loss of a gipsy family’s home with no immediate prospect of replacement was capable in law of being regarded as a very special factor within para 3.2 of the Planning Policy Guidance Note 2 issued by the Secretary of State to local planning authorities. It was a factor to be weighed in the balance when considering the value society attached to the protection of gipsy homes against the public value of the protection of the Green Belt.”

WLR Daily, 24th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Petition to evict travellers ‘breaks race laws’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2007 in news, race discrimination, travellers by sally

“A race relations group is taking legal action against a businessman who started a petition calling for the eviction of travellers from a car park.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2007

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Gypsies lose Olympic site battle – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in compulsory purchase, news, travellers by sally

“Gypsy families have lost a High Court battle over plans to make them move to make way for the Olympic village.”

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BBC News, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk