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Gypsy and traveller caravan count

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  • Release date: 26 September 2017
  • Period covered: July 2017
A biannual report which includes information on authorised, unauthorised and local authority sites.
Statistics on Gypsy and Traveller caravans in Wales on both authorised and unauthorised sites are based on survey data (not a sample survey) collected by Local Authorities on the 13 July 2017.

The count is used when assessing bids from Local Authorities for the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Capital Grant. The commencement of section 101 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 also requires Local Authorities to carry out an assessment of the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers residing in or resorting to their area..

Key points

  • There were 976 Gypsy and Traveller caravans reported in Wales on 13 July 2017.
  • There were 119 sites across Wales.

Authorised sites

Comparing the July 2016 and July 2017 count, the number of caravans has increased by 2 per cent (18 caravans) on authorised sites.

Unauthorised sites

  • There were 39 caravans on unauthorised sites on land owned by Gypsies and Travellers, accounting for 4 per cent of all caravans.
  • A further 90 caravans (9 per cent of all caravans) were on unauthorised sites not owned by Gypsy and Travellers.

Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by Local Authorities

There were 407 pitches on Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by Local Authorities in Wales on 13th July 2017.


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