Women and Equalities Committee

Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

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.

Terms of reference: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

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