Count of Traveller Caravans, January 2019 England

Count of Traveller Caravans

The latest data from the count of Traveller caravans in England which is compiled by the Ministry of Housing, communities and local government, that took place in January 2019 published this summer reports the following:

  • The total number of traveller caravans in England in January 2019 was 22,662. This is 284 less than the 22,946 reported in January 2018
  • 6,590 caravans were on authorised socially rented sites. This is a decrease of 334 since the January 2018 count, which recorded 6,924.
  • The number of caravans on authorised privately funded sites was 13,261. This was 223 more than the 13,038 recorded in January 2018.
  • The number of caravans on unauthorised encampments on land owned by travellers was 2,022. This is a decrease of 157 compared to the January 2018 figure of 2,179.
  • The number of caravans on unauthorised encampments on land not owned by travellers was 789. This was 16 caravans fewer than the January 2018 count of 805.
  • Overall, the January 2019 count indicated that 88 per cent of traveller caravans in England were on authorised land and that 12 per cent were on unauthorised land.
  • This statistical release presents official statistics on the count of traveller caravans in England. The count is carried out to provide local data on the number and seasonal movement of caravans.

The total number of traveller caravans in England has risen from 17,813 in January 2009 to 22,662 in January 2019, an increase of 27 per cent. However, this increase has not been consistent year-on-year.

The publication is compiled from information submitted by local authorities in England. Local authorities carry out the count of caravans on traveller sites twice a year, in January and July, providing a snapshot of the number of caravans on the day of the count. Information is collected about caravans on authorised socially rented sites, authorised privately funded sites, unauthorised developments (sites on land owned by travellers for which planning permission has not been granted) and unauthorised encampments (sites on land not owned by travellers and which do not have planning permission).

The traveller caravan count covers data on the number of caravans and traveller sites in England; it does not cover the number of occupants residing in these caravans or caravan sites or the potential drivers for any observed change.

The count takes place twice a year to reflect winter residence and summer travelling trends. Due to the strong seasonal differences between the January and July counts, all comparisons refer to year-on-year changes.

Working for local authorities and private landlords we undertake the removal of travellers and gypsies on a regular basis from public and private land. For more details please call us on 033 000 20705