The Scottish Government recognises that Gypsy/Travellers are a particularly discriminated against and marginalised group. The 2010 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey found widespread discriminatory attitudes towards Gypsy/Travellers. So we are working to reduce discrimination, ensure equal access to services and provide equal opportunities for all of Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers and their communities.
The Scottish Government’s Race Equality Statement 2008 clearly acknowledges that Gypsy/Travellers have a right to the same protection from discrimination and abuse as other minority ethnic communities in Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report, published in 2013, includes the following outcome:
- Gypsy/Travellers experience less discrimination and more positive attitudes towards their culture and way of life by 2017.
The Scottish Government is currently working with stakeholders to develop an overarching strategy and action plan for Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland, with a view to achieving:
- a reduction in discrimination against them and more positive attitudes towards their culture and way of life;
- improvements in their quality of life and life outcomes;
- an increase in understanding of their needs among service providers and commissioners, which are addressed through provision of an national action plan to address identified needs; and
- an increase in mutual understanding and respect with the settled community.
Details of funding provided by the Scottish Government to organisations working with Gypsy/Travellers were released in July 2014, following a Freedom of Information request, and are available here.