Gypsy/Travellers - accommodation needs: evidence review

Overview of the evidence about the accommodation needs of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland, drawing on both academic and grey literature. It discusses current provision, accommodation needs and aspirations, and identifies key areas which could be explored through further research.

1. Introduction

This report provides a review of literature on the accommodation needs and experiences of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland. The report forms part of a larger review of literature on the accommodation needs of minority ethnic groups as part of the housing research actions outlined in the Race Equality Action Plan 2017-2021[1]. A number of research questions have been developed to inform this report, which can be found in Annex 1.

The report begins with a brief note on terminology. It then assesses the evidence base, drawing on both academic and grey[2] literature sources, and discusses the evidence in five sections:

  • Background – Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland
  • Current provision
  • Key accommodation issues
  • Accommodation needs and aspirations
  • Examples of housing approaches

The report concludes by presenting key findings from the review, and discusses further research possibilities.



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