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Students tell Croydon retailers to ‘Stop Scrooging’ and pay the Living Wage

Croydon students told big retailers in Croydon this week to ‘Stop Scrooging’ and pay the Living Wage this Christmas. The students, from Coulsdon College who are working with Croydon Citizens, a local alliance of schools, colleges, and faith and community groups, swapped pricing labels in four of the largest retailers on North End (Debenhams, M&S, Sports Direct and Primark) with labels calling on the stores to pay the Living Wage.

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Santa takes action against Speedy Cash

Fifty community leaders from Lambeth Citizens took action against payday loan company Speedy Cash’s aggressive marketing policies. They joined Santa in delivering coal to Speedy Cash, who have been naughty this year, and giving presents to London Mutual Credit Union, who have been nice.

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Citizens Call on Councils to Resettle Refugees

Over the past two weeks civil society institutions, who are members of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, have been taking action and asking their local councils to follow the example of Kevin Davis, Leader, Royal Borough of Kingston, who has pledged to resettle 50 refugees from countries such as Syria and Iraq, as part of Citizens UK’s call on Government to double the number of refugees that are offered sanctuary in the UK from 750 to 1,500.

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Will Croydon be the first Labour council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees?

Young leaders from Croydon Citizens put up tents outside Croydon council yesterday to draw attention to Citizens UK’s campaign to resettle at least 1500 refugees in the UK. The students, from Croydon College, held signs saying ‘BE THE FIRST’ in order to encourage leader of the council Cllr Tony Newman to make Croydon the first Labour council to agree to resettle 50 Syrian refugees.

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Citizens UK Calls on Premier League to Show Living Wage Leadership This Christmas

Citizens UK, the national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign has this morning (11th December 2014) welcomed the news that Chelsea FC has become the first accredited Premier League Football Club, alongside Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) FC who has accredited as a Living Wage employer in Scotland.

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Atkins wins London Citizens Business of the Year Award

Atkins has been named ‘Business of the Year’ by community group London Citizens for its ongoing London 2012 legacy work. The award recognises the success of an Atkins internship programme which is providing employment opportunities for youngsters from the East London boroughs which hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, twenty interns have gained invaluable work experience at Atkins, with six going on to secure full-time employment with the company.

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Islington Citizens ask their local authority to consider resettling 50 Syrian refugees from UN refugee camps this festive season

Members of Islington Citizens marked St Nicholas's Day by remembering those who will be in refugee camps over this festive period.

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Citizens say: Stop Scrooging!

Campaigners for the Living Wage have started a #StopScrooging digital campaign aimed at 12 of Britain’s biggest high-street retailers asking them to “Stop Scrooging” and “bring the magic back to Christmas” by paying fair. The campaign includes a punk magician named “G.” going in to the stores in question, swapping their shelf price labels for parody shelf labels in an effort to “bring the magic back to Christmas”.

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Haringey Citizens launch new CitySafe Zone

On Wednesday 25th November, members of Haringey Citizens, a local alliance of faith and education groups, launched a new CitySafe Zone on West Green Road. The CitySafe scheme is a youth-led campaign run by Haringey Citizens that seeks commitments from shopkeepers to offer their premise as a safe haven for anyone who feels in immediate danger. This campaign was started in Tottenham after the riots and there are CitySafe Zones in Tottenham, Bounds Green and now West Green.

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Peckham Votes Yes to Launching Peckham Citizens

On Thursday 20th November, 94 people from 17 institutions across Peckham came together at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, on Rye Lane, for the Peckham Citizens Commissioning Assembly. The group unanimously voted to work towards founding a formal alliance of civic institutions in Peckham, called Peckham Citizens. The alliance will work together to tackle social injustices throughout the local area, putting people in Peckham at the forefront of making their neighbourhood a fairer and better place for all. Thursday night - which was co-chaired by Rev. Paul Collier of Copleston Church and Community Centre and Fran Botley of Southwark Primary Free School - also marked the start of 1,000 Voices, a listening campaign to talk and listen to 1,000 people in Peckham about the challenges people face in the local area.

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