Gypsy and Traveller communities

This section has information for the Gypsy and Traveller community on council sites, privately run sites and unauthorised sites, including access to pitches and your rights on site. It also looks at settled housing for the Gypsy and Traveller community and issues surrounding homelessness.

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About the Gypsy and Traveller community

Gypsies/Travellers are people who have a travelling existence, or are from a travelling background. This page explains about who they are and gives an overview of their housing issues.

Council sites for Gypsy and Traveller communities

Many councils in Scotland provide sites for Gypsies/Travellers to stay in. Check what these sites are like, how to apply for a pitch, and how to complain.

Private sites for Gypsy and Traveller communities

Your rights if you stay on a holiday or private site run by other Gypsies/Travellers. Also include details if you want to set up a site yourself, on your own land.

Unauthorised sites for Gypsy and Traveller communities

If you don't get a pitch in a council or private site, you're staying on an unauthorised site. Find out your rights if this is your situation.

Permanent housing for Gypsy and Traveller people

Some Gypsies/Travellers live in permanent, settled housing. This may be for a variety of reasons. This page looks at what you can do to access permanent housing.

Gypsy and Traveller communities and homelessness

Gypsies/Travellers are entitled to help from the council if they have nowhere safe and permanent to live. This page looks at your rights.

Useful links for the Gypsy and Traveller community

This page contains links to information for Gypsies/Travellers provided by councils across Scotland, and also lists other useful agencies.

Last updated: 29 December 2014

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