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calendar   Tuesday - August 11, 2009

Taxpayer pays gypsies to lean how to beat planning rules,and fund course on assertiveness training.

Here comes that old curtain of red mist dropping over the eyes yet again.

This place really does have to be totally outta their collective minds. Or what passes for it.

I got the following paragraph in an email newsletter which isn’t worth an entire post. But coupled with the traveler/gypo thing, they’re a match.
Gee whiz. A budget black hole.  Wonder why.

Councils hit by £4 billion budget black hole
A new survey by the Local Government Association has revealed that local authorities face a £4billion hole in their budgets due to falls in income from sources such as property sales and interest on cash reserves as a result of the recession. Sir Jeremy Beecham, vice-chairman of the LGA, is quoted: “Town halls are feeling the effect of the recession in exactly the same way as hard pressed home owners and families.

This is only one of two two blood boiling stories that appeared today. Can you people believe how stupid these folks have become?  Is it the air? The water? Were they simply born idiots and so aren’t responsible?  See for yourselves.


How gipsies got £5m of Lottery cash to beat planning rules… and fund course on assertiveness training

By Tim Shipman
Last updated at 1:22 PM on 11th August 2009
Daily Mail


Travellers have claimed almost £5million in government funding to help them get around planning laws.

Money from the Big Lottery Fund, which is supposed to be used to help good causes, has gone on advising gipsy and Roma groups how to set up illegal camps and get services there.

The projects funded from the public purse include a programme to help traveller groups in the East Midlands ‘to better understand and have a meaningful input into planning policies’.

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Planning help: Gipsies are getting advice on building sites such as this one in Warwickshire

The money paid for a project worker to ‘organise seminars and forum meetings’ at which travellers were able to ‘engage with the planners and policy makers’.

Gipsies elsewhere in the country received advice on how to claim accommodation and benefits, and were given media training to win over residents in rural areas.

And those who find travelling groups intimidating will be astonished to learn those in one London borough were even given assertiveness training. In total, £4.7million has been handed out by the Big Lottery Fund to 26 pro-traveller causes since 2004.

The Tories seized on details of the funding as new evidence that Labour has been covertly pursuing a policy of expanding the number of traveller sites throughout the UK - often against the wishes of the local population.

The Mail revealed earlier this year that the rate at which new traveller and gipsy sites are being set up has doubled over the past two years.
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Tory local government spokesman Bob Neill said: ‘This is just another sign of how the Labour Government snubs hard-working families who play by the rules and pay their taxes.’

‘By contrast, many travellers are being given special treatment. Town halls are being bullied into using compulsory purchase powers to seize land. Vital planning rules, like Green Belt protection, are being ripped up.

‘The British people have an inherent sense of fair play, and this different treatment isn’t right or fair.’

Parliamentary answers provided by culture minister Barbara Follett show that even apparently legitimate projects to help traveller children, such as a Hertfordshire play bus, meant public money was spent on ‘unauthorised sites’.

It was also revealed a Gipsy and Traveller Support Project in East Sussex received taxpayers’ money to help ensure ‘they are fully represented in community action planning processes’.

The Ormiston Children and Families Trust Advocacy service got funding to help gipsy communities ‘understand, access and benefit from the services to which they are entitled’, including advocacy on planning applications and appeals.

The growing pace of approvals of sites follows instructions sent out by John Prescott in 2006 that force councils into using compulsory purchase powers to meet new regional targets for traveller camps.

In March it emerged that thousands of protesters against one new site in Bedfordshire were ignored by council officials on the grounds that they were ‘racist’.

A spokesman said: ‘The Big Lottery Fund does not exclude any minority groups from applying for funding.

‘From June 2004 to February 2009, Big has made awards totalling £4.76million to initiatives that have benefited gipsies and travellers. This is equivalent to 0.2 per cent of the fund’s good cause funding.

‘Recent research has shown that only an estimated 20 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds from the gipsy and traveller population attend secondary school and 68 per cent had experienced racism or prejudice because they were a traveller.’

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