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Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope this email finds you in good health and good spirits.

Following Summer recess in parliament, we saw the Policing Bill return to parliament last week. We were humbled by powerful contributions from allies in the House of Lords, opposing the legislation.We remain vigilant for the challenges ahead and appreciate your ongoing support.

If you're in Brighton this weekend, please do join us on Saturday evening to discuss what the Policing Bill means for Gypsy and Traveller communities, and what you can do to oppose it. We will be joined by a fantastic range of guest speakers as well as Mary Foy MP. Read about the event. 

Warmest wishes,
Sarah Mann

Join FFT and Mary Foy MP at Labour Fringe Event in Brighton - Saturday 25th September
Hear from our expert panel of speakers on how to oppose measures in the Policing Bill to criminalise trespass. You can also find us at stall 88 in the Exhibition Space over the weekend. Read more. 

Join FFT's new network for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller creative professionals
If you are a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showman working in the creative industries, join our network and access opportunities in the creative sector. Find out more.

FFT launch study to understand death by suicide in Gypsy and Traveller communities
We need your help understanding risk factors and suicide in Gypsy and Traveller communities so we can call on the Government to provide better support to Gypsy and Traveller people. Read more.
Digital exclusion & health inequalities
A new briefing paper from Good Things Foundation looks at the relationship between digital exclusion and health inequalities, considering the additional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the report.
Update from the APPG
APPG members have been busy focussing on the measures in the Policing Bill. Members continue to draw attention to the inequalities faced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma across the board.

Updates on the Policing Crime Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill 
Last week, the PCSC Bill was debated for the first time in the House of Lords. APPG members and allies spoke against the new powers in Part 4 and the damaging impact on Gypsy and Traveller communities, including APPG Co-chair Baroness Whitaker, Baroness Bakewell, and Baroness BennettWatch the debate on Parliament TV or read the transcript

APPG members will be supporting amendments to reduce the scope of the Bill, which will be debated at Committee Stage in October.

Parliamentary Questions 
Navendu Mishra MP asked Government for the number of local authorities to have included provision of sites for Gypsy and Traveller people in their local plan. View question 

Friends Families and Travellers act as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.
Update from the HWAlliance
Health and Wellbeing Alliance Funding allocated to FFT and Roma Support Group
We are delighted to share that we have been included in the refreshed membership of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We will be working with policy makers to make health and social care more inclusive to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. More here.

Access to Covid-19 vaccine for 12 - 15 year olds
If you know a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller person aged between 12-15 years who has experienced barriers to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, or if you want to share thoughts about the vaccine being open to people of this age group, get in touch

Join the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) advisory group
NHS England are looking for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people with experience of IAPT to share their unique knowledge as a Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partner. Read more.

We are working closely with policy makers at the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England. If you would like to raise specific challenges being faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities at this time, please get in touch.
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