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Pay Rise for Carers Agreed by Birmingham Council

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Leaders from Citizens UK Birmingham attended the February Council meeting to ask Councillors to commit to their social care campaign by raising council tax by 2% to better fund social care.  Before the meeting, leaders handed Council Leader John Clancy an early Valentine’s Card urging him to show love to low paid carers. 

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London Citizens Launch Housing Manifesto 2016

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The London Citizens Housing Manifesto for 2016 was launched today, 25th January 2016, in front of 150 members outside City Hall. Leaders called on the London Mayoral candidates to back a London Living Rent as a mark of genuinely affordable renting and include it in the next London Plan. The launch coincided with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation board meeting, where a delegation of leaders urged board members to ensure 50% of homes developed on the site are genuinely affordable for Londoners.

Children and adults alike gathered for the launch, using children’s toy houses, balloons and placards to stress the importance of affordable housing being made integral to developments using public land, which would benefit local people. 

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Calais Children Allowed to Join Loved Ones In The UK

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A British court has ordered that three children and one adult in Calais should be immediately brought to Britain to join their relatives.

In a ground breaking order the court ruled that the three unaccompanied children and dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their loved ones who are already in Britain while their asylum claims are examined. The case was brought to court by Citizens UK, Islington Law Centre and Bhatt Murphy Solicitors.

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UK Asylum Case for Child Refugees with Family in Britain

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The plight of four children living in the refugee camps of Calais hoping to be reunited with family members in the UK is currently being heard by a Presidential Panel at Field House in London. Members of Citizens UK, who are supporting the children's asylum case, are hopeful it can pave the way for more vulnerable young people to be brought to safety in Britain.

The Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend Peter Hill, said while giving aid is worthwhile, many young people need to be allowed to come to Britain and be reunited with their family members.

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Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK, awarded a CBE

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It is with great pride and pleasure that we congratulate Neil Jameson, our Executive Director, on receiving this well-deserved award in recognition of his services to the community and social justice. Neil has been the inspiration behind Citizens UK which has pioneered the development of Broad Based Community Organising in the UK. This development is based on the principles laid down in the USA by Saul Alinsky and Ed Chambers of the Industrial Areas Foundation and adapting their approach to the UK context.

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Citizens UK Executive Director Neil Jameson Awarded New Year's Honour

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We are delighted to announce, that Citizens UK's executive director, Neil Jameson, has been awarded a CBE for his services to community organising and social justice and part of the 2016 New Year honours list. 

Neil founded Citizens UK and has been promoting community organising across London and the UK since 1989, after training with the Industrial Areas Foundation in the USA.

 

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St Bonaventure's bring Christmas joy to care home

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St Bonaventure's School have lived up to their promise to adopt their local care home in Newham. Led by Head of RE Mr. Nick Pauro, the boys have visited the care home 3 times already this year.

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Orpington Station in Christmas Safety Drive

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As the season of goodwill approaches, Orpington Station, one of South London’s busiest train stations is reaching out to the community through an innovative safety scheme.

At 2.30pm on Friday 11th December, Orpington station was opened by the CEO of Southeastern David Statham and and the Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting as a CitySafe railway station.

The station, operated by Southeastern, have joined the CitySafe campaign - a community initiative, which sees shops and public buildings offer their premises as places of refuge for young people in danger. The station will display new purple signage to highlight to commuters and young people that it is a CitySafe Haven.  

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Private Sponsorship Chanukah Video

Jewish and other faith leaders call for Private Sponsorship for refugees. 

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Tyne & Wear Assembly

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The first Tyne & Wear Citizens Assembly was held at the Miners Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne on Tuesday 8th December 2015.

Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK who organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common Good. Their work is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhood, their cities, and ultimately the country for the better.

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