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Ministers must review Traveler's "failing" illegal traveler policy

Ministers must review Traveler's "failing" illegal traveler policy

MINISTERS are faced with & # 39; real anger & # 39; if she failed & # 39; & # 39; policies that focus on dealing with illegal Traveler sites do not adjust, Tory MPs warned.

The former Ministers of Tory, Andrew Selous, Mark Francois and Tim Loughton were the ones who insisted on reforms, and arguing is needed to help both the traveler and established communities.

They prefer to imitate Ireland by criminalizing acts of intentional offense, called the "Irish option", for the protection of land and public places.

Mr Selous also said that the British government ministers and officials should "shame their heads" about the conditions on some sites, which were called public health risks by fellow countryman Tory John Howell (Henley).

They expressed concern because the government is preparing its response to a consultation on the law and the powers to address unauthorized caravan sites and developments.

In the Commons, Mr Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford) said: "We are essentially asking for the Irish option on the basis that Ireland changed the law in 2002 to criminalize acts of intentional offense."

Mr. Francois added: "There will be real anger at this place if, as a result of this consultation, the government does something meaningless – instead of a very small law in the law as a shop window – to address this problem. suits, such as that we will see a real decrease in incidents in the coming years. "

Mr. Loughton said earlier about illegal traveler camps: "Invariably when they leave, they leave behind a trail of destruction of waste that costs the local taxpayers an enormous amount of money to clean up.

"Is not the law change we need, instead of pointing to one person who caused the access damage, that collectively every group of illegally camped passengers must be liable for fines and damages – which means that they are confiscated, often also very valuable vehicles – and they can then get the message that they can not go on with impunity that tramples the rights of the local population. "

The leader of the debate on gypsies and travelers, Mr Selous said that the "time for endless, constant reviews is over".

He said: "Honest and decent people who have had enough of living in fear, from seeing horrendous living conditions in their areas that often become an uncontrolled space where modern slavery and other crimes are flourishing, want action now, not constant reviews."

Mr. Selous insisted on integration, arguing that the policy of segregation "has been demonstrably unsuccessful" before saying to MPs: "We also need a violation to be part of criminal law, just as in Ireland."

Other ideas that were suggested were having a registered landowner for Traveler sites.

Mr. Selous asked earlier if the government's current policy works well for the travelers themselves, and educates them by saying: "Travelers and families who leave their caravans illegally on Travelers places often do not have proper sewers, water or heating and there is no good mechanism to ensure proper accommodation standards.

"The whole situation is a complete disgrace in the UK in 2018, and the ministers and government officials responsible for this policy area must sham their heads shamelessly."

For the government, Minister Kit Malthouse said that the majority of the travelers community & # 39; decent, law-abiding people & # 39; is, and added that he & # 39; extraordinarily worried & # 39; was on issues raised during the debate, including the circumstances and activities on certain sites.

He said that the recent government consultation received more than 2,000 responses.

On the Irish option, Mr Malthouse said to MEPs: "The town clerk (James Brokenshire) recently met the Irish government to discuss their approach to offense and unauthorized encampments.

"However, in due course we will give a formal answer to the consultation."

He noted that there are "advantages and disadvantages" to the approach.

Mr Malthouse went on to say: "(Mr Selous) has so far expressed his frustration about government action and insists on important changes.

"I have no details for him tonight, but I sincerely hope that through my actions and actions of the department over the coming months, we can avoid the need for a fourth such debate."

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