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.
ESF managing authorities
- In Wales: the Welsh European funding office, Welsh assembly government.
- In England: Department for work and pensions European social fund division.
- In Scotland: the Lowlands and Uplands programme .
- In Northern Ireland: Department for finance, DFP European division
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ERDF managing authorities
- Department for communities and local government (England OPs), Eland House, Bressenden Palace, UK- London SW1 5DU
- Department of enterprise, trade and investment , European programmes - (OP Northern Ireland), Netherleigh , Massey Avenue, UK-BT4 2JP Belfast, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scottish government, 3rd Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU email@example.com .
- Welsh European funding office, Merthyr Tydfil Office, Rhydycar Business Park, Rhydycar, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
- The Commission's assessment of the UK's national strategy (2014)
- The Commission's assessment of the UK's national strategy (2012)
- The European Union and the Roma – Factsheet United Kingdom
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