Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4639
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people are the most disadvantaged ethnic groups in the UK. On average, they have a shorter life expectancy than the rest of the population, poor educational outcomes and often face hostility and discrimination from others in society. What work have you done to address the inequality Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people face?

Answer

Answer for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people (1)

Answer for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Recently my Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement held a roundtable with key members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The meeting provided the community with an opportunity to share their experiences on discrimination, racism, health and education.

Additionally, this week my Community Engagement Team launched a 'Citizen Led Engagement' funding programme which targets 6 community groups, one of which are the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. If successful, they will be working with the groups to coproduce a programme of engagement which will generate insight to inform policy and practice in City Hall.

London Gypsies and Travellers and the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum contributed case studies to the consultation carried out on my Diversity and Inclusion vision. My vision highlighted the educational underachievement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, the low level of employment of people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and the lack of pitches for these communities. I am looking into how I can address these issues through my Housing and other strategies.