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TELCO Delegates Assembly - Housing Crisis: Taking back ownership of London

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TELCO Delegates assembly on 17th November saw 250 people from across 70 institutions in 5 East London boroughs come together to ratify an ambitious housing agenda for the Mayoral Election. 

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Redbridge Citizens leads CLT action on Council

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Thursday 19th November saw 83 leaders from 3 organisations leading an action on Redbridge Council. Having waited for 40, John Clifton of the Salvation Army was able to ask the Leader of the Council Jas Athwal whether he would support the Fairness Commission Recommendation to build 2 Community Land Trusts (CLT) in the Borough. This was followed by all the leaders standing with their #2CLT posters and TELCO banners.

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CitizensUK Peace Vigil for Paris

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On Sunday 15 November CitizensUK leaders gathered outside London's City Hall for an inter-faith vigil demonstrating solidarity with Paris. Christian, Jewish & Muslim representatives came together as one community to light candles in honour of those who lost their lives and show support with the people of France. 

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Birmingham’s Civil Society & Elected leaders join Special Vigil for victims of Paris & Beirut Attacks

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On Sunday 15th November, over 200 people from Birmingham gathered for a special vigil to remember those that had lost their lives in attacks in Paris, Beirut, Syria, Egypt and others parts of the world. Leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh community came to speak at the event to represent Birmingham as a “city of the world”.

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Brent Action Group Working to Support Refugees

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Leaders in Brent came together to establish a #RefugeesWelcome support group, expressing solidarity and support with the refugees fleeing violence and unrest in Syria and other war-torn countries.

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Leeds Citizens Call for Living Wage

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Leeds Citizens held several actions during Living Wage Week to celebrate the achievements of Living Wage Employers and encourage others to pay the voluntary rate. Events included:

- Actions at 2 Lidl stores on Sunday 1st November, congratulating the store for its October pay rise and encouraging them to become accredited as Living Wage Employers.

- The Living Wage rate announcement was made on Monday 2nd Nov in Leeds City Centre, featuring helium balloons and leaders delivering letters to local law firms. 

- Wednesday 4th November saw the Living Wage Action team agree to focus their campaign on Leeds City Centre Employers, and seek a relationship with the new Leeds Business Improvement District (BID).

- A Living Wage Tea Celebration was held on Thursday 5th November, hosted by 2 employers with beautiful Living Wage cakes, filming of a video from another Living Wage employer and lots of tea. 

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Artwork calls for Tate Modern to pay the Living Wage

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Priests, Rabbis, and community leaders from South London Citizens presented an artwork to the Tate Modern on Saturday calling on Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota, to pay the Living Wage.

 

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Lewisham Citizens sell Community Land Trust Shares

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Lewisham Citizens celebrate selling 500 community land trust shares.  Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said 'I would love to buy a share myself but I think there would be too many conflicts of interest'. The Mayor agreed to continue to use all of his powers to push through a Lewisham Citizens Community Land Trust project and ensure that the group receive a letter of intent regarding a piece of land in Lewisham just before or just after Christmas. St William of York RC church sold over 250 shares.  

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Government cleaners punished for asking for the Living Wage

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14 cleaners at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are being punished for signing a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond MP.

The cleaners signed a letter on the 21st July congratulating Hammond on his new role and seeking a meeting to discuss the Living Wage.

Six weeks later, they received a letter from their employer, Interserve, contracted by the FCO, initiating a disciplinary process, with the letter to the Minister attached as evidence. 

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#RefugeesWelcome Vigil Calling on the Prime Minister to Resettle 1000 refugees before Christmas

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On Tuesday 13 October, over 900 leaders from Citizens UK called on Prime Minister, David Cameron to break the deadlock between central government and local councils to enable Syrian refugees to be brought to the UK before freezing temperatures see more children die in refugee camps in the region.

This was also an opportunity to announce the progress that our teams have made around the country, including securing:

  • 40 Councils that have committed to resettling at least 50 refugees despite the holdup of ongoing negotiations over the financial deal with government, the total pledged is 3,047
  • 25 Universities – have committed £3.5 million worth of scholarships to fund 147 places for Syrians
  • Landlords – 727 private landlords have registered their properties to be used by Syrian refugees
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