Letter: From caravans to B & Bs?

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The Independent Online
Sir: You report in today's paper ('Gypsies promise fight to preserve their way of life') that there is likely to be confrontation between the Government and the gypsies if the former 'presses ahead with its planned legislation to force them . . . to settle in homes'.

What homes, I wonder? There are already 38,460 households accepted as homeless in England (Shelter figures for the first three months of 1992).

Perhaps the Government plans to put them in bed-and-breakfast accommodation in areas such as this in our big cities at enormous expense to the taxpayer, who should, I consider, be as angry as the gypsies.

Yours faithfully,


London, W2

21 August