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Minister launches Gypsy and Traveller Framework
The Welsh Government Equalities Minister yesterday (Thursday 29th September) launched the first national Gypsy and Traveller Framework in the UK.
"Travelling to a better future," together with an accompanying Delivery Plan, aims to ensure equality of opportunity for Gypsies and Travellers in Wales and to set out the practical ways the Welsh Government can achieve this.
Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, said:
"Wales as a nation has always prided itself as a diverse society with a rich mix of cultures and traditions. Gypsy and Traveller culture and heritage forms a part of this diversity.
"We place a high value on people living together in strong and cohesive communities, working together not just for economic benefits, but working together to benefit Wales as a diverse country that embraces difference.
"I am delighted to launch Travelling to a better future today, and hope that the changes that come from this document make a real difference to people's lives."
The purpose of the Framework is to develop an informed direction for the development of policies and initiatives across Welsh Government departments and local authorities with a view to addressing the inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers in Wales.
The documents sets out how the Welsh Government will ensure that Gypsy and Traveller communities have fair and equal access to the key priorities of accommodation, health and education.
Ms Hutt said:
"It is particularly important to me that we deliver equality and improve the quality of life for every person living in Wales. Whatever people's race, faith or family background, they should have the same opportunities as everyone else."