Independent report

Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

National Inclusion Health Board (NIHB) report: effect of insecure housing and poor living conditions on health of Gypsies and Travellers.



A report by the Traveller Movement, commissioned by the National Inclusion Health Board, looking at how the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers lead to poor health.

The report found that:

  • two-thirds of Gypsies and Travellers reported poor, bad, very bad or health
  • the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers significantly contribute to their physical and mental health
  • the poor health of Gypsies and Travellers is made worse by their living environment, accommodation insecurity and community discrimination
  • there needs to be closer partnership working across health and other interests to address these issues
Published 8 January 2016