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Our online benefit claim and calculator will not be available between 7.00pm on Friday 21 January and 9.00pm on Saturday 22 January due to maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities


In line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we have reopened our Temporary Stop Over Areas (TSOA) to support the migration of Gypsies and Travellers to and from Appleby Fair. With the exception of Gurney Valley TSOA, the other nine TSOAs will close no later than 23 August 2021.

We would encourage anyone visiting our TSOAs to get their vaccine before travelling. We will also be providing information about vaccinations and providing hand sanitisers to those using our TSOAs.

The GRT Service is making visits to unauthorised encampments and Temporary Stop Over Areas and the service can be contacted for advice by phone on 03000 260 000 or email grtservice@durham.gov.uk.