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Southwark cabinet member for adult care and Parliamentary Candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood backs the Social Care campaign

Students from James Allen's Girls' School, as members of national Community Organising charity Citizens UK, are fighting for a better standard of care for Southwark elderly residents. Girls from the school were joined by members of Southwark Citizens (local branch of Citizens UK) for the launch of the "I care about care" campaign in the borough at HC-One’s Camberwell Green Care Home.

The campaign drawn up by Citizens UK recommends a Living Wage for carers; support for carers to get more training; and encourages civil society to adopt care homes in their community to offer friendship and support to residents. Dulwich and West Noorwod parliamentary candidate Halen Hayes and Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle cabinet member for adult care for the borough of Southwark support for the campaign.

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Citizens UK Celebrates Commitments to End Indefinite Detention

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Over 600 Citizens UK members gathered in the Great Hall, University of Birmingham, last night and heard Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper MP, answer their call for an end to indefinite detention, by announcing that should Labour be elected this May, they will commit to end indefinite detention, and using best practice guidance, put in place a time limit for detention when it is necessary for immigration purposes. Yvette Cooper confirmed this commitment would be a part of the Labour Party manifesto. This followed an announcement by the Liberal Democrats at their spring conference last week that should they be elected they would end indefinite detention, and Baroness Sally Hamwee reiterated this commitment on stage in Birmingham with Citizens UK. The Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP, Minister of State at the Department for International Development said they would continue to work with Citizens UK around the issue of both indefinite detention and resettlement of refugees and confirmed a record £800 million in aid is being spent in the region.

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Citizens UK Living Wage Football Campaign Response to Premier League

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Sophie Stephens, Citizens UK said: "Citizens UK welcomes the news that the Premier League clubs have today committed to pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage.

"This is the first time since the announcement of the Off-Side Rule that the Premier League clubs have acted together to make such a momentous decision. Members of Citizens UK have been campaigning on this issue for the last four years and we are delighted.

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Communities that Care

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Last night, Tuesday, 24th March, 2,300 people from Nottingham Citizens, a part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, came together with local, regional and national politicians ahead of the general election to ask them how they will fix the crisis in the current social care system.

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Letter: A call for #SanctuaryFor1500

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. We, as representatives of civil society, are asking government to act on our concerns and grant a lifeline to a small number of women and children who desperately need the sanctuary the UK could provide. Millions of people have been displaced; two-thirds of the refugees are children and young people.

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Woman from burnt down Bravanese community centre Wins Special Jury award at the "Women On the Move Award” with Annie Lennox

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On Wednesday 4th March 2015 Asma Mohamed Ali from the Somali Bravanese Welfare association  (SBWA) won the prestigious Special Jury award at the 2015 Women On the Move awards.

Asma came to England as a refugee child with no grasp of English, but has devoted her time to running homework and women’s literacy clubs for her community. In 2013, her Bravanese community hall was burnt down in a suspected racist arson attack, but within a week, while six months pregnant and with the help of Citizens UK, Asma forged ties between the local Jewish and Muslim communities to keep the students’ programme going, and led community action to get £1.1 million of Council support to rebuild the hall.

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Citizens UK Launches Proposal to Save Half a Million People From Debt

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A proposal to use £200m of fines on banks and payday lenders to support community finance organisations such as credit unions has today been launched by the national community organising charity Citizens UK. The idea, which is supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings, would see the creation of a Community Finance Foundation to help ethical alternatives to high-cost credit expand their reach and improve their sustainability. It is estimated that over the next five years such a venture would help 500,000 people avoid high-cost credit, saving them over £200m per year in interest and fees and reducing the cost of problem debt on wider society by £1.4bn.

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Citizens UK disappointed by slow pace of Premier League

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Yesterday morning, a delegation of Citizens UK members who have been working on the Living Wage campaign in the football sector met with Director of Policy Bill Bush and Director of Communications Tim Vine.

The campaign has been gathering momentum over the last two months since the accreditation of Chelsea FC as an accredited Living Wage Employer last December. Joel Sharples, part of today's Citizens UK delegation, organised an e-petition which gathered 65,000 signatures calling on the Premier League to adopt the Living Wage.

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Leeds Citizens Holds First Delegates Assembly

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150 people from across Leeds civil society came together on Wednesday 11th February to announce the first organisations to join Leeds Citizens and launch our first Social Justice Agenda.

During a powerful Roll Call, 21 organisations announced their commitment to work together for the common good and confirmed payment of membership dues. We thank those organisations for their courage and leadership, and hope their actions will inspire many more in the coming months.

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Leader of Croydon Council backs Citizens UK social care charter

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In a meeting with Croydon Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, the leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman gave his full support to the organisation's social care campaign.

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