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Dear friends and colleagues,

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

The month has been a whirlwind of activity, with opposition for the Government's proposals to criminalise trespass in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill coming from offices at the Council of Europe, to the streets of London.

In this monthly update, we share our ongoing work to highlight the need for action to address issues faced by Romany and Traveller people when registering with a GP, provide updates on the Government's draconian proposals to criminalise trespass and much more.

Warmest wishes, 
Sarah Mann

FFT research shows 74% of GP surgeries refuse to register nomadic patients 
This month, we released the findings of a 'mystery shop' exercise in which 74 of 100 GP surgeries in England refused to register a nomadic patient during the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more.

FFT welcome Council of Europe calls for MPs to reject the criminalisation of trespass 
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has written to the House of Commons and House of Lords asking for both Houses to reject Part 4 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC). Read more.

Committee on Human Rights calls for Government to change anti-trespass proposals
The Joint Committee on Human Rights, this month, released its report on Part 4 of the PCSC Bill calling for Government to focus on site provision over police powers. Read more here.
Locked out: A snapshot of access to General Practice for nomadic communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
In an FFT 'mystery shop' exercise, 100 GP practices in England were asked to register a nomadic Romany or Traveller person without a fixed address. View the report.

Saying it as it is: Experiences of Gypsies and Travellers caring for family members living with dementia
Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group, One Voice 4 Travellers and Anglia Ruskin University provide an important insight into the experiences of Gypsy and Traveller carers. Read the report.
Update from the APPG
APPG members have been busy focussing on the measures in the Police Bill. Members continue to draw attention to the inequalities faced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma across the board.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill updates
The PCSC Bill has been passed in the House of Commons. It will be debated in the House of Lords after the Summer recess. APPG members condemned the needless criminalisation of nomadism. View contribution from Mary Foy MP.

APPG Member Catherine West MP has written to the government about the death of Stanislav Tomáš in the Czech Republic, who died after police kneeled on his neck. View letter

Members have written to Government about Albert Douglas, a Romany grandfather, detained in Dubai and being denied access to medication. View letter.

Co-chair Martin Docherty-Hughes raised the tragic death of Lance Corporal Bernard Mongan during a debate on the Armed Forces Bill. View speech.

Friends Families and Travellers act as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.
 Health and Wellbeing
Be part of the National Maternity Transformation Programme
The NHS England Maternity Transformation Team are recruiting people with experience of maternity and neonatal services to be part of this project and to improve maternity care for all. Get involved.

Volunteer to mystery shop GP practices
If you would like to support our work ensuring GP practices are following NHS guidance and registering patients who do not have a fixed address, get in touch.

Discussing race and ethnicity
NHS Race & Health Observatory want to know your thoughts on the language used to discuss race and ethnicity in conversations around health. Respond here.
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Update from our casework:

“This month we heard from a teacher working with a young person we put forward for the Women of the World foundation 'WOWsers: Creative Explosion' project. The teacher praised Jolene’s ‘fab’ work in an online youth group where she asked why Gypsy culture isn’t taught in schools. The group were really enthusiastic and encouraged Jolene to write a message to the local council. We are so proud of her!”
Avril, Outreach and Youth Coordinator

“I sat with Jolene for the first few classes, but now she’s doing it on her own – happy to speak to the other people in the class. She’s really enjoying it.”
Kathy, Jolene’s mum
Jolene outside her local County Hall asking 'Why don't schools teach Gypsy culture?'
Great work, Jolene!
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