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We want to ensure there are equal opportunities for Gypsies Roma and Travellers in Wales.

The ‘Enabling Gypsies Roma and Travellers’ Plan replaces the Travelling to a Better Future Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (2011). 

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are amongst the most marginalised groups in our society. We know these groups often experience discrimination, inequality and a lack of opportunities. We want to ensure that members of these communities are supported to fulfil their potential and make a full contribution to Welsh society.

Since we published Travelling to a Better Future in 2011, we have driven forward a greater focus on Gypsy and Traveller site provision, reflecting an understanding that many of the other issues experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities arise from, or are exacerbated by, the lack of access to appropriate accommodation.

The Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers plan is aligned with the Welsh Government National Strategy ‘Prosperity for All’ and focuses mainly on devolved issues which Welsh Government can influence. It outlines the breadth of work which the Welsh Government is undertaking to ensure inequalities experienced by these communities are reduced, access to opportunities increased, and relations between these communities and wider society improved.

In particular, it seeks to build upon work undertaken since 2011, not only in the area of accommodation, but also around for example, education, health and community participation. In addition, it introduces commitments in areas such as employment and training as well as building bridges with social services and criminal justice agencies.

There is more to be done, both to create additional new sites and to ensure that all existing ones are fully fit for purpose. Also to ensure we are responsive to all significant changes which could affect these communities and we will continue to push this policy forward in the coming years.

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