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FOI 4254

Gypsies

Request

1. Please tell me what the total amount spent on gypsies/traveller communities each year. This includes everything from clean-ups, legal costs, security, facilities, electricity, water, Internet etc. If this is not possible, please give an estimate or your yearly budget, each year since 2008.
2. How many traveller/gypsy encampments (legal and illegal) have been reported each year since 2008. Please break down per year.
3. What was the total cost of clean-ups (this includes litter picking, removal of illegal dumping, cleaning up after sites are evacuated ETC) in relation to legal and illegal gypsy/traveller encampments each year since 2008? Please break down by year and detail what this involved.
4. What was the total cost of security (eg CCTV camera installation) and legal costs in relation to traveller communities each year since 2008? Please break this down per year and detail what this involved.
5. What was the total cost of toilets, running water, heating, electricity and any other necessities in relation to traveller communities each year since 2008 (please breakdown year by year)? Please specify what services were provided.

6.What other equipment and facilities have been provided for gypsy/traveller communities? This could include any of the following: storage facilities, appliances, furniture, laptops, wi fi, kitchens, vehicles etc.
7. How much was spent on 'cultural awareness training' and/or ‘Equality and Diversity Training for council workers since 2008? (By this I mean any training specific to the dealings gypsy and traveller people). Please break this down per year and detail what this training entailed.

Response

1. Please tell me what the total amount spent on gypsies/traveller communities each year. This includes everything from clean-ups, legal costs, security, facilities, electricity, water, Internet etc. If this is not possible, please give an estimate or your yearly budget, each year since 2008.
A. Please see our website where we have the same questions asked and answered to previous FOIs
Go to Council & Democracy, Peoples right to know, FOI, FOI closed from Jan 12, Travellers(FEB 12)

2. How many traveller/gypsy encampments (legal and illegal) have been reported each year since 2008. Please break down per year.
A. Please see our website where we have the same questions asked and answered to previous FOIs
Go to Council & Democracy, Peoples right to know, FOI, FOI closed from Jan 12, Travellers(FEB 12)

3. What was the total cost of clean-ups (this includes litter picking, removal of illegal dumping, cleaning up after sites are evacuated ETC) in relation to legal and illegal gypsy/traveller encampments each year since 2008? Please break down by year and detail what this involved.
A. Please see our website where we have the same questions asked and answered to previous FOIs
Go to Council & Democracy, Peoples right to know, FOI, FOI closed from Jan 12, Travellers(FEB 12)

4. What was the total cost of security (eg CCTV camera installation) and legal costs in relation to traveller communities each year since 2008? Please break this down per year and detail what this involved.
A. Please see our website where we have the same questions asked and answered to previous FOIs
Go to Council & Democracy, Peoples right to know, FOI, FOI closed from Jan 12, Travellers(FEB 12)

5. What was the total cost of toilets, running water, heating, electricity and any other necessities in relation to traveller communities each year since 2008 (please breakdown year by year)? Please specify what services were provided.< /span>
A. - NIL
6. What other equipment and facilities have been provided for gypsy/traveller communities? This could include any of the following: storage facilities, appliances, furniture, laptops, wi fi, kitchens, vehicles etc.
A. - NIL
7. How much was spent on 'cultural awareness training' and/or ‘Equality and Diversity Training for council workers since 2008? (By this I mean any training specific to the dealings gypsy and traveller people). Please break this down per year and detail what this training entailed.
A. – NIL – We have in house training for our staff and have a booklet with regards to Equality and Diversity