EU funding for Roma integration

For the 2014-2020 period, the United Kingdom will be allocated a total of some €11.6 billion from the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Research Fund (ERDF). At least 45.9% of this amount will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards promoting social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter amount could also finance Roma-related measures.

Communication in 2015 on the implementation of the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies

Contacts

ESF managing authorities

ERDF managing authorities

More information on the United Kingdom's operational programmes: ESF and ERDF operational programmes.

Facts and figures

Council of Europe estimates that approximately 225,000 Roma live in the United Kingdom (0.36% of the population).

For data on the situation on Roma in this country, please see the overview published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

National strategy for Roma integration

The UK’s set of policy measures includes one roadmap each for Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. They all stress the key role that local and regional authorities must play in the integration of Roma and Travellers.

Key objectives in the UK's strategy are addressing poverty and social exclusion among marginalised Roma communities, in particular in the areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing. The strategy places a strong emphasis on equal opportunities and access to basic services for all.

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 - set of measures: Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

Assessment of the UK’s strategy implementation

In Spring 2014, the Commission assessed the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies in the four key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing as well as the progress made in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.

National contact point

The national contact point for the national Roma integration strategy in the UK is the Department for communities and local government integration division

Contact person: Ms Julia Wilcox - Julia.Wilcox@communities.gsi.gov.uk