Twice yearly Local Authorities in England  are supposed to undertake a count of Gypsy, Traveller and Showpeople caravans in their area. The results of the January count have just been released. The Guardian’s analysis of the data records a 26% drop in unauthorised sites on land not owned by Gypsies or Travellers and an 8% decline decline Gypsy or Traveller owned unauthorised sites (sites without planning permission).
This suggests the previous government’s policies towards the provision of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation were starting to have an impact on the number of Gypsies and Travellers with no legal place to live.