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A £3m action plan to tackle the discrimination and challenges faced by the Gypsy/Traveller community has been launched.

The plan, co-produced with local government body Cosla, will support a number of initiatives.

Local authorities will use £2m of the funding to improve accommodation and sites.

The remaining funding will go towards third sector children’s education projects and health and social care.

A report published in 2018 found a failure by some local authorities to provide sites for travelling people which meet government standards.

It found that just two sites – in Angus and Falkirk – did so.

The action plan will focus on five key areas:

  • Providing more and better accommodation
  • Improving access to public services
  • Maximising household incomes
  • Tackling racism and discrimination
  • Strengthening community development and engagement

Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie said: “This action plan seeks to tackle deep-seated inequalities and discrimination experienced by Gypsy travellers by addressing the challenges they face.

“It is a collaborative approach with Cosla and we have listened to the concerns of Gypsy travellers. We want to make a difference to their lives and ensure they are treated fairly and have positive experiences of our public services.

“There is a long tradition of Gypsy travellers in Scotland and it is important the community feels safe and respected and know they are valued members of Scotland’s diverse cultural heritage.”

 

 

 

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-49976390

 

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