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Mental Health Blog: Martin's Story

Leeds Citizens is campaigning local NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to work with us to improve primary care mental health services, so everyone has access to a ‘navigator’ – a locally-based mental health professional linked to their GP.

In the first in our series of stories from Leeds Citizens members about their experiences with mental health services, Adrian Strain of Newman Parish, speaks about his son Martin.

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First day of the new Mayor of London

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Aiana Iacob of London South Bank University Students’ Union reports the new Mayor of London first day at the office: On his first working day as Mayor, Citizens UK has brought together 200 people in front of the City Hall to welcome him. They have prepared croissants for Khan and his team while reminding him of the promises he made at the Mayoral Assembly on 28th April.

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How will the new Mayor of London help Londoners with Housing problems?

London Citizens Mayoral Assembly 2016

Aiana Jacob of London South Bank University Students’ Union reports on her experience of action at the London Citizens Mayoral Assembly. 

On 28th April, 6000 people have gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2016 London Mayoral Accountability Assembly. The front-running candidates for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith from the Conservative party and Sadiq Khan from the Labour party, were present to publicly respond to Citizens UK questions around Living Wage, Jobs, Employment Opportunities for young people and Housing matters.

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Zac & Sadiq Announce Commitments to Adopt New Policies on Housing and Living Wage

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  • 6000 civic leaders from across London call on London Mayoral candidates to back innovative proposals to tackle the housing crisis.
  • Zac Goldsmith backs the London Citizens recommendation to make more GLA suppliers pay the London Living Wage and for Community Land Trusts to become mainstreamed across the city.
  • Sadiq Khan adopts the London Citizens’ Good Development Standard to support the building of more genuinely affordable homes, and public transparency.
  • 2500th accredited Living Wage Employer announced.
  • Powerful testimony on impact of these issues delivered by key workers.

 

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Watch Live London Citizens Mayoral Assembly

Missed the biggest event of the Mayoral Campaign? Watch the proceedings here. 

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6000 organised Citizens gather for the London Mayoral Assembly

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Thursday 28th April shall see the biggest event of the London Mayoral Campaign, when over 6000 people from London Citizens member institutions gather at the Copper Box Arena to present their key issues to the two front running campaign. Alongside asks on employment opportunities, the Living Wage and resettlement, the event shall focus on the London Citizens Housing Manifesto 2016.

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Aid agencies call for urgent action on child refugees ahead of government debate

New research reveals that there are at least 157 children living on their own in the Calais camp with family in the UK

Leading aid agencies Save the Children, Citizens UK, UNICEF UK and Help Refugees are calling for the government to take urgent action on unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.                                                                                                                 

The intervention comes as new research from Citizens UK identifies 157 vulnerable children living alone in the Calais jungle camp who have close family members in Britain and should legally be reunited here. 

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Brent Landlords and Estate Agents pledge houses in aid of most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East

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Brent Action for Refugees met with landlords and estate agents from across Brent, asking businesses to do their part in welcoming refugees. The event, hosted by Newman Catholic College, brought together a diverse group of civic institutions.

Oscar Watkins, a volunteer with Brent Action for Refugees said “we decided to hold this event, because we knew that businesses in Brent could do their part to help vulnerable Syrian refugees. This is an opportunity for Brent council to work with businesses and the community to make resettlement a success."

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Government urged to safely reunite refugee children in the EU with their families in the UK

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Following the tragic and wholly avoidable death of a child refugee in the UK last Friday, only 14 miles from the Prime Minister’s Oxfordshire house, pressure grows on David Cameron to act. Campaigner and actress Juliet Stevenson is leading a call on the government to safely reunite refugee minors in the EU with their families in the UK. Today [7 April] a petition was launched on the gov.uk website to demand that the government urgently step in and reunite child refugees in the EU with their families in the UK. 

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Introduction of the 'national living wage'

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Today, April 1st, sees the introduction of the £7.20 statutory minimum wage premium rate for staff over 25, which shall see a pay rise for millions of workers across the country. The compulsory ‘national living wage’ should however not be confused with the Living Wage – a voluntary rate set by the Living Wage Foundation. The Government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living, and reflects the higher cost of living in the capital.

Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK said:

“We welcome the move by government as a key milestone in the Living Wage campaign, pioneered by Citizens UK leaders in 2001 as a way of tackling the scourge of low pay. Thousands of workers, students and businesses have championed the campaign since then.

"Citizens UK encourages those employers who can afford to go further than the legal minimum to work towards paying the Living Wage – which reflects the cost of living here in the UK. Citizens UK applauds the 2,300+ employers who have signed up to the voluntary rate of £8.25 in the UK & £9.40 in London. This includes a third of the FTSE 100 companies, and high street names such as Ikea, Nationwide and Nestle. This has impacted on the families of over 80,000 employees.

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