Ploughing my way through the Affordable Homes Programme - Framework 2011-2015 (which at first sight appears to be a bit of a 'dogs-breakfast') I was struck with this section dealing with "Traveller Pitch Funding":
"1.39 The aim of the Traveller Pitch Funding stream within the Affordable Homes Programme is to support local authorities, housing associations and other delivery partners to provide good quality public sites to help meet the need for accommodation for these communities.
1.40 The HCA seeks proposals to develop new sites, add new pitches onto existing sites or to improve existing provision for travellers. We will welcome offers from local authorities, housing associations and traveller community groups working with Registered Providers. Although we will consider standalone proposals for single schemes, we encourage smaller providers to work with housing associations and other larger Investment Partners to include Traveller Pitch Funding proposals as part of a larger Affordable Homes package.
1.41 As a group, travellers remain one of the most disadvantaged in the country experiencing deep inequalities, with very poor outcomes in health and education in particular." (my emphasis)
Whilst 1.40 is something that those seeking accommodation will feel is really good to know - not; one has to ask, in respect of 1.41, whose fault is that?
Admittedly this paper is not one that is easy to assimilate at first reading, however it does seem that Cameron and Shapps have got themselves into a bit of an "Eric" here!