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HEALTH OFFICERS CALL FOR CHANGES TO TRAVELLERS' LAWS

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Members of the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health are calling on the government to repeal sections of the...
Members of the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health are calling on the government to repeal sections of the Criminal Justice Act which removed the duty of local authorities to provide official sites for travellers.

The Big Issue (p4) reports that the 1994 legislation has led to a large number of evictions from unofficial sites - often on contaminated, overcrowded land - causing health risks to travellers and the public.

Stephen Battersby, a spokesman for the CIEH, said: 'Besides being an attack on the lifestyles of a minority group, the CJA has created a merry-go-round of evictions, moving the travelling communities from one local authority to another. It is in everyone's interest that we take a more compassionate approach.'

A DETR spokesman said the government is planning to launch new good practice guidelines relating to local authorities and traveller sites in October.
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