Gypsy / Traveller strategy

A Gypsy / Traveller strategy for Perth and Kinross has been developed in consultation with representatives of the Gypsy / Traveller community and other community planning partners.

The revised Gypsy/Traveller Strategy 2018-21 was approved at the Council's Housing and Communities Committee on 22 August 2018. The Strategy has been developed in consultation with representatives of the Gypsy / Traveller community and other community planning partners such as Perth & Kinross Council, NHS Tayside and Third Sector Organisations which provide services to Gypsy / Travellers living in Perth and Kinross and to those travelling through Perth and Kinross and staying here temporarily.

Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partners recognise that Gypsy / Travellers have been part of Scottish life for centuries. We value their traditions and lifestyle, which may include travelling and living in caravans or other vehicles, and / or camping, during at least part of the year.  Gypsy / Travellers may live for long periods, or permanently, in settled accommodation including houses.  We recognise that Gypsy / Travellers living in houses are entitled to retain their identity and culture.

The Scottish Housing Regulator has issued a poster advising tenants of Gypsy / Traveller sites what they can expect from the Council as their landlord.

Through the work of Community Planning Partners our approach is committed to delivering joined up services to meet community needs through engaging and consulting with the Gypsy / Traveller community as the Strategy Action Plan is developed.  There is a commitment in the strategy to provide regular progress reports and these will be published.

The icon final progress report [135Kb] for the previous Strategy (2013-18) was submitted to the Council's Housing and Communities Committee in May 2018.