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Living Wage Whitehall League Table Reveals Poverty Pay Rates

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Today we revealed the 2015 Living Wage Whitehall League Table, showing which government departments pay their staff a London Living Wage and which are keeping pay at the statutory minimum wage rate.

HMRC and DEFRA are once again languishing at the bottom of the league table, paying staff £6.50 per hour, whilst other departments such as DECC are accredited Living Wage employers ensuring all their staff, including sub-contracted workers like cleaners and security staff, are paid at a rate that is calculated to ensure they earn enough to live on.

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David and Goliath: Newham School Children Voice Concerns Over Boleyn Development

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The end of the school year is always a hectic time, especially for primary schools. In Forest Gate, east London, the excitement is reaching fever pitch as a group of 10 and 11 year-olds at Antony’s Primary School put their final touches to letters addressed to Newham Council’s Planning Officer. They are preparing for a housing march to the West Ham football ground on Tuesday 14th July. They are chatty and playful as they as they summarise their thoughts on paper, but don't let their age or size fool you. These pint-sized citizens can pack a punch when it comes to expressing their opinions.

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Boris Backs Call for Businesses To Create Good Jobs

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This morning, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, called on businesses in the capital to support a new programme, called The Good Jobs Campaign, which will help 8,000 talented young people from diverse backgrounds access a good jobs opportunity by 2020.

The Good Jobs Campaign, developed by Citizens UK, national community organising charity and founders of the Living Wage Foundation, connects young people with businesses needing talented candidates. In London alone it’s anticipated that by 2020 technology, health, engineering and the creative industries will need at least 1.5 million new recruits, and there’s already 20,000 unfilled vacancies predominantly in the science and technology sectors.

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Leeds Citizens Founding Assembly & Iftar

On Tuesday 7th July, over 650 people from faith, education and civil society organisations in Leeds launched a new people's alliance. The Founding Assembly of Leeds Citizens, a branch of national Community Organising charity Citizens UK, took place at Elland Road Stadium.

 

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Citizens UK Response to Budget

Rhys Moore, director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We are delighted that the announcement made in the Budget this lunchtime will see over 2.5 million workers receive a much needed pay rise. This is a massive victory for Citizens UK and those communities, workers and business leaders who have campaigned for a Living Wage since 2001. We agree with the Chancellor that work should be the surest way out of poverty. However, this announcement raises several important questions.

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Lambeth Community Comes Together to Promote Credit Union

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On Monday 6th July 40 community leaders came together for a mass hand-in of membership forms to the London Mutual Credit Union branch on Acre Lane in Brixton. Working with Lambeth Citizens, local branch of community organising charity Citizens UK, and the Church Credit Champions Network (CTC), leaders from local faith and community groups handed in over 150 membership forms to the credit union. 

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Citizens UK Calls For Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life

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Citizens UK, national community organising charity, is today, Monday 6th July, announcing its plan to launch a national commission, chaired by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve PC QC MP, to consider how the Muslim community could better participate in the life of British society.

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Stitch-in Shows M&S Shoppers Support Living Wage

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Living Wage supporters staged a ‘stitch-in’ outside Marks & Spencers in Central Milton Keynes.  Ten women had a sit-down tea party and sewed hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on 7th July.  The action was co-ordinated by Citizens:mk with the Craftivist Collective and ShareAction’s AGM Army to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage.  

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Pupil Power bolsters mental health services for Greenwich teenagers

The country’s first Young People’s Mental Health Charter shaped by school pupils was launched on Tuesday 30th June, by students at Corelli College Co-operative Academy in Blackheath.

The Young People's Mental Health Charter, which aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Greenwich, is a joint initiative between Greenwich students, local GPs and the community organising alliance Citizens UK, with support from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England.

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TELCO award Living Wage Champion status to University of East London

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisation presented UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, with a plaque acknowledging the university’s work in promoting the London Living Wage.  A large banner was unveiled calling on other organisations in the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone to do the same. The event which was organised by students on the university’s London Scholars programme, launched the first phase of a campaign for the Royal Docks to become one of the first a Living Wage Zones in the country. 

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