Gypsy and traveller sites

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1963
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In response to question 2014/1486, you commented that the underspending of the GLA's fund for gypsy and traveller sites is because the "programme is demand-led by boroughs and providers, who are able to bid for this funding". Given that you abdicated any responsibility for planning such sites through your 2011 London Plan, what are you actually doing to encourage the delivery of new pitches?

Answer

Answer for Gypsy and traveller sites

Answer for Gypsy and traveller sites

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My commitment to support London boroughs to meet the diverse needs of London remains strong. I successfully lobbied Government to increase London's budget for the provision of sites through the 2011-15 programme; allocating over £1 million to deliver forty-nine pitches across the capital, which far exceeds previous delivery.

Further to this, I have made additional funding available through the 2015-18 programme. This remains a demand led element of the 15/18 programme.