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Fans lead calls for Aston Villa to pay the Living Wage

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This article by Aston Villa fan Dave Partridge appears in the August 2015 edition of Heroes & Villains fanzine. Fans of the club are central to a new effort to persuade Aston Villa FC to become an accredited Living Wage Employer this season, and will carry out their first public action at the club’s first home game.

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Retail Giants Join the Council in Backing Croydon Citizens Scheme to Help Young people Find Work

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This article first appeared in the Croydon Advertiser

A JOBS brokerage which the council hopes to set up to help young people benefit from regeneration has been backed by Westfield and Hammerson.

The retail giants behind the £1.5 billion redevelopment of The Whitgift Centre have thrown their support behind First Step Croydon, a campaign to ensure young people have access to high-quality work experience and leave education ready for their first job.

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Reflections on my first Leeds Citizens action for mental health

Lily Aarons of LJY-Netzer & Leeds University Union blogs on her experience of action with Leeds Citizens to improve mental health in Leeds:

Over 30 people gathered at Moortown Baptist Church yesterday, on the 29th July 2015, for a collective action to improve mental health in Leeds. Our aim was to initiate a relationship Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group - the body responsible for commissioning mental health services in the city. This was the first action I have attended as a member of Leeds Citizens and I was blown away by how powerful it can be when all different types of people come together for a common cause that they are passionate about. 

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Nottingham Citizens Launches Social Care Listening Campaign

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Last night Nottingham Citizens launched their social care listening campaign in Nottingham. There were over 80 enthusiastic members of the public in attendance, who all cared about care, representing 30 different organisations in the community, and working to acknowledge the main problems with social care in Nottingham that they wanted changed.

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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

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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