Issues for York Travellers
Gypsies and Travellers have a strong desire for their children to be educated, but their take up of secondary education is far below the norm and very few tend to access further and higher education. Many have difficulties with literacy and numeracy which leads to difficulties in obtaining employment and dependence upon welfare benefits. This further isolates the Gypsy and Traveller community.
Overcrowded and Poor Accommodation
The location and extremely poor conditions of the three York sites are proving problematic for residents. Families have to live in an environment that is constantly infested with vermin because all of the sites have been built on industrial estates.
Overcrowding on all three sites is also a major issue due to the lack of other provision and official reluctance to build another site. The lack of adequate facilities on each site creates poor living conditions and is detrimental to the health and well-being of Gypsies and Travellers
Poor Health and Misunderstanding
The unacceptable living conditions on sites combined with lack of access to health services and poor nutrition, contribute to the fact the Gypsies and Travellers tend to have worse health and shorter life expectancy than the general population.
The lack of understanding and knowledge between the Gypsy and Traveller community has also contributed to the marginalisation of the community. The York Travellers Trust has started to rectify this imbalance, but there is still a long way to go.