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Gypsies and Travellers in housingThe decline of Nomadism$
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David M. Smith and Margaret Greenfields

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428738

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428738.001.0001

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Routes into housing

Routes into housing

(p.89) Five Routes into housing
Gypsies and Travellers in housing

David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Policy Press

This chapter presents research findings pertaining to the routes through which the Gypsies and Travellers in our sample arrived in housing. The most common reason was a lack of public caravan sites, difficulties gaining planning permission to develop private sites and legislation making nomadism extremely difficult to sustain. However respondent's also highlighted access to public services (especially health and education); health related reasons; family responsibility and obligations to family members as important drivers of settlement. The priority attached to maintaining extended networks of kin living in close proximity to each other is a significant factor shaping residential settlement patterns and perceptions of life in housing and is explored further in later chapters.

Keywords:   Housing careers, Choice and constraint, Enforced settlement, Housing allocation, Lifecycle approach

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