Women and Equalities Committee

Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Inquiry status: open

Oral evidence sessions related to this inquiry will take place in due course. In the meantime, the Committee plans to undertake some visits to different parts of the country to meet members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and local services in order to learn more about the issues and shape the oral evidence programme.

Scope of the inquiry

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.

In 2012 a ministerial working group published 28 commitments for tackling inequalities faced by Gypsies and Travellers (PDF 208 KB). This inquiry will look at the impact of those commitments and what progress has been made in achieving them, the effectiveness of policy-making and implementation for these groups more generally, and how the Government can tackle such continuing inequalities.

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