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Gypsy Costs

Requested on
Mon 2nd July, 2012
Reference
FOI 2093
Resolution
Information provided

Question

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, wifi, 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.

Answer

Charnwood Borough Council is part of a Leicestershire County Council lead Multi Agency Travellers unit (MATU).  Charnwood Borough Council pays a membership fee to the MATU, and it is the MATU who is responsible for Traveller communities within Charnwood.  More information about the MATU can be found on the Leicestershire County Council website: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/gypsies_and_travellers-2/multi_agency_travellers_unit.htm

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.
Since 2010 Charnwood Borough Council have paid £8445 in membership fees to the MATU (2010 = £2050 and 2011 = £6395) the membership fee covers any eviction costs and associated legal costs.
In 2010 an additional £10,000 (approx) was spent on securing a site previously used for illegal encampments.
For 2009 our costs for eviction were £703.96 and in 2008 our costs were nil.
Clean up costs are not included in any of the above as our contract with our waste contractors cover these costs, so we are not able to provide a breakdown of these costs.

2. How many traveller/gypsy encampments (legal and illegal) have been reported each year since 2008. Please break down per year.
2008 - 3 Unauthorised Encampments
2009 - 9 Unauthorised Encampments
2010 - 2 unauthorised Encampments     
2011 - 10 Unauthorised Encampments

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.
As stated in 1 – clean up costs are included in our contract with our waste contractors and therefore we do not have a breakdown of these costs

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.
The costs associated with Traveller communities are not broken down to this level.  These costs would be included in our membership fee to the MATU for 2010 onwards.
As stated in Q 1, the costs for eviction in 2009 were £709.96 and in 2008 we nil.

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.
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, wifi, kitchens, vehicles etc.
None

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.
None

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