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New real Living Wage rates announced for London & the UK

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced that the new London Living Wage has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour to reflect the higher cost of living facing families in the city – an increase of 3.7 per cent. This year over 300 more London-based employers have signed up to pay their staff the hourly rate required to make ends meet in the capital, bringing the number of London Living Wage employers to nearly 1000.

The UK rate has increased by 2.4% from £8.25 to £8.45. This is 17% higher than the government minimum for over 25s which is £7.20 per hour. And in total nearly 1,000 employers have signed up since Living Wage Week last year bringing the total number of accredited Living Wage organisations to nearly 3000.

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Faith leaders encourage Home Secretary to resume transfers of children from Calais

Nearly 200 faith leaders, as well as Lord Alf Dubs, have today called on Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, to resume transfers of children from the Calais camps to the UK. In an open letter, they highlight the chaotic events in Calais last week, which saw many children unable to register with the authorities, forcing them to sleep rough. In addition, they state that using such methods in order to avoid creating a “pull factor” to Calais (and the UK) is “morally unacceptable”.

The faith leaders, who include seven Bishops, leading Rabbis, and the leader of the Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland, say that refusing to safeguard unaccompanied children is akin to leaving a child in the road to act as a deterrent to other children.

They express concern that transfers of children from Calais to the UK have been halted, and call on Amber Rudd to “restart the rescue immediately”.

A full copy of the letter, a shortened version of which appears in today’s Times, is below.

Dear Sir,
We applaud the Home Secretary for the measures she instituted to transfer children with a legal right to reach their families and the most vulnerable from the camps in Calais to the UK. However, the scenes of the last few days stand in stark contrast to those welcome developments. 
Charities such as Citizens UK, Save the Children and Help Refugees, report that as many as 50 unaccompanied children who had been unable to register their claims with camp authorities in the rush of the demolition, being driven off into the cold night as the “Jungle” burned.

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Citizens UK’s Safe Passage programme celebrates today’s arrival of unaccompanied children from Calais ‘jungle’ camp

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Citizens UK’s Safe Passage programme welcomes the news that 14 unaccompanied children will be reunited with their families in the UK from Calais today by the government, with many more expected to arrive in the coming days ahead of the demolition of the camp. Previously family reunification for unaccompanied children in Calais has fallen to voluntary groups such as Citizens UK, who have reunited 60 children from Calais with family in the UK since March. Whilst welcoming today’s progress, Citizens UK will be working to hold the Government to its commitment to transfer all children eligible for family reunion ahead of demolition, and warns that we must not forget about the many Dubs-eligible children in this process.

Many of the children transferred today and in the coming days will be children supported through the Safe Passage programme, all of whom have family waiting for them in the UK.  Citizens UK will be assisting the government with the transfers and its volunteers from faith groups across the country have been engaged by the Home Office to help with the registration and transition of the children.

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Independent Sanctuary Commission launch postponed

Over the past five months, Nottingham Citizens have been carrying out research into the experience of the refugee community in Nottingham. Over this time, our team of 40 leaders have held public hearings, read through written submissions from expert bodies in the field and surveyed 280 refugee and asylum seekers directly to hear their voices and learn from the tensions they have faced.

This research was to culminate in a report which was due to launch on 18 October setting out recommendations and the ground work for precedent-setting change in the sector. However, due to the sensitivity, complexity and capacity of the issues we have decided to postpone the launch of the until late November.

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Multi Faith Assembly Calling for Promotion of Integration

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On Saturday 1st October, leaders from London Citizens attended the Faith & Community Assembly organised by the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, which focussed specifically on making London Open and No Place for Hate.

The Mayor of London – Sadiq Khan, Bishop Christopher Chessun and the representatives of the major faiths, along with Citizens UK and several young people from South London Citizens member churches, schools and colleges signed a Declaration which starts with ‘we pledge our determination as Londoners to ensure that this great city shall continue to be a place of welcome, generosity and equality, with respect to all.

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Greenwich Citizens call for Community Land Trusts

Greenwich Citizens commits to signing up supporters calling for Community Land Trust (CLT) homes to be a key aspect of plans, after calling for 50% affordable housing on TfL land in February. The latest announced TfL site near Kidbrooke station will see 400 new homes built. 

CLTs are an innovative form of permanently affordable housing, linking house prices with average local incomes. The group is inviting Greenwich borough residents to join London Community Land Trust - a community-led affordable housing provider - for £1, to demonstrate local support for the scheme. 

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Lambeth Welcomes Refugee Families

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Four Syrian refugee families were formally welcomed to Lambeth last night at a celebration in St Gabriel’s College in Myatt’s Fields.

Representatives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular groups joined Lambeth mayor Saleha Jaffer, deputy council leader Paul McGlone and Donatus Anyanwu, the council’s lead member for community relations, at the welcome party.

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Four months since the London Citizens Mayoral Assembly

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Big win today as Sadiq Khan announces a Deputy Mayor for Social Integration – as we called for at our Mayoral Assembly in April. We’ll work closely with the Mayor’s Office to make sure this role delivers on our priorities of supporting young Londoners to register as citizens and welcoming refugees.

That’s a massive break through and is part of a bigger story of engagement with the Mayor and progress on our priorities. 

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Paddington waits to hear how many Redbridge can take

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Cllr Athwal agrees to resettle children under the Dubs Amendment, does not specify how many, but will give further clarity in meeting with Redbridge Citizens after visiting Calais.

On Wednesday 31 August 2016, 27 leaders from Redbridge Citizens, dressed as Paddington bears, met with Leader of Redbridge, Jas Athwal, and Deputy Leader, Elaine Norman, on the steps of the Redbridge Town Hall, to ask the council to resettle 5 refugee children from Calais who have the right to be brought to safety in the UK. This latest action is part of a 2 year campaign that Redbridge Citizens has been running to resettle Syrians in the Borough. Thus far, 9 councils in London, including Ealing, Kingston, Barnet, Lambeth, Hackney, Camden and Islington, have participated in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. However, Redbridge has not resettled a single Syrian refugee, nor do they have a plan to do so, according to a recent Freedom of Information request carried out by Citizens UK.

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Kelly Avenue Park: A Revival

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As a community, Peckham is bound together by a strong multi-cultural and diverse population and its dedication to the way its citizens live together as a community. This was evident in an unprecedented and fun event that happened on the 9th of July; a free-for-all luncheon including various child oriented activities at the Central Venture Playground (known locally as Kelly Avenue Park). The event was organised by the recently founded Peckham Citizens, an alliance of local churches, schools and charities that have worked together as part of a yearlong campaign to make the park clean and safe.

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