Supporting Living Wage Employers locally

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, and Rhys More, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, celebrate the accreditation of Cambridge's Caffe Sicilia with Anthony Day earlier this year.
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, and Rhys More, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, celebrate the accreditation of Cambridge's Caffe Sicilia with Anthony Day earlier this year.

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, and Rhys More, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, celebrate the accreditation of Cambridge’s Caffe Sicilia with Anthony Day earlier this year.

The Living Wage Foundation, an initiative of Citizens UK, has accredited nearly 1,000 Living Wage Employers! The Foundation offer a fairtrade mark for employers that commit to pay the Living Wage.

The Living Wage is an example of communities, businesses, campaigners and faith groups coming together to find practical, non-statutory means to address working poverty and strengthen families.

At Citizens UK we are keen to engage Parliamentarians in congratulating employers on taking the voluntary step of implementing the Living Wage.

To find out whether there are accredited employers in your constituency please view our list here.

Please contact the Living Wage Foundation for further information.

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130 Peckham Residents Join Credit Union

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On Monday 27th October, over 130 people in Peckham joined their local credit union together. A group of Peckham residents delivered the applications to the credit union to highlight the services offered by the local credit union as an alternative to payday lenders. The effort was a joint venture by South London Citizens, Copleston, a church and community centre in Peckham, and the Church Credit Champions Network.

The action was part of a new micro-organising effort in the area called Peckham Citizens, a local alliance that will be built over the coming months.

The campaign was also part of Citizens UK’s commitment to finding 10,000 new members for credit unions, which it pledged to do in support of its 2015 manifesto request to all political parties to give Local Authorities the power to cap the number of payday lenders and betting shops and establish a community finance fund paid for by fines levied on banks and payday lenders by the FCA. Local members of Citizens UK, including those in Peckham, will be asking prospective parliamentary candidates and MPs to agree to support these asks in the lead up to May 2015 and the general election.

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Royal College of Nursing Joins Citizens UK Call for Improved Social Care

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Social Care CampaignThe Royal College of Nursing has signed up to support the Citizens UK Social Care Charter, which calls for an end to fifteen minute home care visits, a Living Wage for care workers and training to nationally-accredited and evidence-based standards.

The Citizens UK, Charter of Good Practice for Care Providers and Commissioners spells out the basic standards that would enable quality care for recipients and dignity for the worker. The Charter was developed with adult social care experts and recipients of care. The Charter has so far been signed by a number of home care agencies and residential care providers and care commissioners, including Nottingham City Council and the London tri-borough alliance of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith councils, who all aspire to see the social care system overhauled to allow for delivery of these standards.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:

“We are happy to add the Royal College of Nursing to the list of signatories of the Citizens UK Care Charter, which is calling for much-needed improvements to our social care system.

“Nursing staff often find themselves picking up the pieces of the struggling care system. Older people in particular sometimes end up in hospital as a result of inadequate social care or become stuck on wards unnecessarily as they wait for appropriate care services to be arranged to enable them to be safely discharged.

“The Care Charter identifies the need to properly recognise and value the role of the care worker and support the thousands of workers who are committed to helping some of the most vulnerable in our society. An integrated health and social care system with adequate funding is the right thing for any government to deliver.”

Since the Charter’s launch at a tea party in Parliament Square earlier this year, which was attended by Norman Lamb MP, the first national care provider, Abbeyfield, has signed up to the Charter and become an accredited Living Wage employer. Members of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, will be asking prospective parliamentary candidates and MPs to pledge their support for the Charter in the lead up to the General Election.

Charlotte Wood, chair Nottingham Citizens Social Care Team and Citizens UK Council co-chair said:

“Having lived in a residential care home and now in receipt of home care I personally have witnessed the importance of excellent care and the challenges and tragedy when the care system fails.  Citizens UK is committed to working with all sectors of the industry to bring about real change for those in need of care.  Put simply everyone in receipt of care should have a known carer with enough time and training to do their job well and be paid a fair wage for it.”

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Media contacts:

Gillian Owen, 07876 246 150, gillian.owen@citizensuk.org.uk

Tim Baggs, RCN, Tim.Baggs@rcn.org.uk

 

Notes to editors

Citizens UK works to build the power of communities to act together on issues of social justice and the common good.

More information at www.citizensuk.org

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