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Women and Equalities Committee
The Committee is continuing an inquiry from the previous Parliament, taking forward the evidence it received before the General Election.
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.
Evidence given by Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice, University of Birmingham, Centre for Research in Race and Education, David Bishop, Head of Services (Alternative Provision, Attendance and Independent Schools), Birmingham City Council, Sean Harford, National Director for Education, Ofsted, Rose McCarthy, Chair and Brian Foster, Executive member, Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers.
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