Overview

  • The Cambridgeshire Community Wellbeing Partnership decided that Travellers should be a priority area to include in Phase 4 of the JSNA in line with the Cambridgeshire Area Assessment.
  • The Cambridgeshire Gypsy and Travellers JSNA aims to identify the current and future health, care and wellbeing needs of the Traveller population in Cambridgeshire and has been overseen by the Cambridgeshire Travellers Strategic Co-ordination Group.
  • It should be noted that this JSNA is being written at a time of significant change with a new Coalition Government and economic recession which may have implications for future policy regarding Gypsies and Travellers.
  • The difficulties in accurately identifying the Gypsy and Traveller population should also be acknowledged as this largely depends on self classification and there may be particular issues around the fear of being identified as a Gypsy or Traveller and negative consequences associated with this.
  • The definition of Gypsies and Travellers varies and there are different definitions for housing, planning and education purposes.  The Gypsies and Travellers living in the UK are made up of many different communities including Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Travellers, Welsh Travellers, New Travellers, Travelling Showpeople, Bargees and Circus People.  Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are recognised as ethnic groups, but the other groups are not.  In this JSNA the term ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ will be used to refer to these groups collectively.