Having successfully persuaded the Government to hold a ‘Call for Evidence’ on the issue of Unauthorised Traveller Encampments which blighted large parts of the West Midlands and my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency last summer, I have now met with the new Housing Minister, Dominic Raab MP to discuss this matter further.

The Government remain committed to a ‘Call for Evidence’ and this is the opportunity that so many people have wanted, a chance to have their say to those directly involved in drafting our laws and regulations about how they feel about the impact these Unauthorised Encampments have on their lives.

I have repeatedly raised this issue in Parliament and will continue to do so on behalf of local residents. I am hoping this will be the opportunity to redress the balance and to better understand whether existing legislation needs implementing more effectively, or needs strengthening.