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Gypsy and traveller caravan count

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  • Release date: 26 September 2018
  • Period covered: July 2018
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 19 July 2018.

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 1,064 Gypsy and Traveller caravans reported in Wales on 19 July 2018.
  • There were 130 sites across Wales.

Authorised sites

  • Comparing the July 2017 and July 2018 count, the number of caravans has increased by 6 per cent (47 caravans) on authorised sites.

Unauthorised sites

  • There were 65 caravans on unauthorised sites on land owned by Gypsies and Travellers, accounting for 6 per cent of all caravans.
  • A further 105 caravans (10 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 399 pitches on Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by Local Authorities in Wales on 19 July 2018.


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