Government & Parliament
On 2 February 2006 the ODPM issued new guidance in relation to gypsies and other travellers. It includes:-
* Planning Circular 01/2006: Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites, replacing Circular 01/1994: Gypsy Sites and Planning. Click here for more information.
* Draft practice guidance for local authorities: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments, Click here for more information.
* New guidance on enforcement of unauthorised encampments, Guide to Effective Use of Enforcement Powers - Part 1: Unauthorised Encampments, Click here for more information.
Latest court cases
Court of Appeal:
R v Stevens, 2 February 2006,  All ER (D) 23 (Feb). D found drunk in public and incontinent in breach of ASBO prohibiting him from being drunk or urinating or defecating in a public place. Statutory maximum sentence for the offences alone was a fine. Sentence of 9 months immediate imprisonment for the breach ASBO upheld on appeal.
HB/CTB A1/2006: this circular corrects a mistake in the uprating circular (A24/2005) and deals with data collection arrangements for local authorities: Click here for more information.
HT/CTB A2/2006: gives further information about suspension and termination of claims and dates of claim: Click here for more information.
Recent developments in Housing Law  February Legal Action 28
Rights & Advice  Winter issue Travellers Times 10: Click here for more information.
Decent home for all?  Vol.156 New Law Journal No.7210 pp186-187
Free housing law seminars
29 March 2006Gypsy Law Update
26 April 2006 Tolerated Trespassers and Restoring Tenancies
24 May 2006 Housing Allocations
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Other dates for the housing lawyer's diary
28 February 2006: Public Sector Housing Law Conference. Click here for more information.
15 March 2006: Human Rights & Housing. HLPA meeting London: Click here for more information.
24 March 2006: Social Housing Law & Practice Conference. Click here for more