Gypsy / Travellers culture
The term ‘Gypsy/Traveller’ refers to several different ethnic groups, including:
- Scottish Travellers
- Irish Travellers
- English Travellers
- Welsh Travellers
It doesn’t refer to:
- Travelling Show People
- Circus People
- New Age Travellers
Gypsy/Travellers are a recognised ethnic group.
It’s difficult to give an exact figure of how many Gypsy/Travellers live in Aberdeenshire. Some members of Gypsy/Traveller communities prefer not to self-identify. A study has suggested there are 100 to 200 Gypsy/Travellers living in Aberdeenshire at any one time. The study was done by consultants Craigforth in 2009.
- Executive summary of the accommodation needs assessment of Gypsy/Travellers in Grampian (pdf 123kb)
- Full report of the accommodation needs assessment of Gypsy/Travellers in Grampian (pdf 745 kb)
For many Gypsy/Travellers their sole accommodation is a caravan. Some Gypsy/Travellers live in a house over winter and travel in their caravans the rest of the year. Some Gypsy/Travellers live in housing. Not all individuals who identify as being ‘Gypsy/Traveller’ are actively travelling. This may be due to health problems, need for stability and accessing services such as education.
Gypsy/Travellers living on council or privately owned sites or living in council or privately owned housing pay council tax. We can’t charge council tax to Gypsy/Travellers living on unauthorised encampments due to the lack of regulation.
Gypsy/Travellers work in a variety of occupations. Popular ones include manual work such as landscaping, laying tarmacadam and agricultural work.
If you have any queries about the Gypsy/Traveller community please contact our Housing service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01467 534 897.