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Commission into Hate Crime launched: Nottingham Citizens demand that there be “No Place for Hate”

Campaigning alliance Nottingham Citizens on Monday launched an independent civic inquiry into hate crime in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. A team of six leading Citizen Commissioners were appointed to conduct the deepest piece of research into hate crime across the county to date, in what will be the largest piece of peer led research into hate crime in the UK.

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End to child detention written into UK law

On May 14th 2014, Citizens UK saw its first ever national win being written into UK law, as the Immigration Act received Royal Assent. This reflects the progress that the government has made since 2010 in ending the practice of locking up innocent children with their families in removal centres such as Yarl’s Wood. Prior to 2010, over a thousand such children a year were being detained in prison-like conditions.

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Ealing Citizens Push Councillors to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

On Wednesday 14th May, in front of over 250 members and guests of West London Citizens at the Ealing Citizens Accountability Assembly in a packed hall at William Perkin C of E School, Cllrs Julian Bell and David Millican, the Labour and Conservative candidates for leader of the council pledged to support the West London Citizens social care campaign in all respects save one. They refused to commit to paying all council contracted care workers the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour.

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Islington Citizens ask Arsenal to help them be proud of their winning team

Members of Islington Citizens were proud and excited that their local football club, Arsenal FC had not only reached the FA Cup final, but had won after 9 years in waiting! On Sunday 18th May, as the Cup, players and WAGs were paraded on an open-top bus through the streets of Islington to a richly deserved Town Hall reception, members urged Arsenal once again to do the right thing – pay the Living Wage to third party contractors.

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Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG pledges to end gap in mental health services for young people

On Wednesday 14th May, local university student Sophina Khan won pledges from the Chair of a city Clinical Commissioning Group ensuring all young people will get access to mental health services. Sophina shared her powerful story of what it was like as a young person in care trying to get mental health treatment. She spoke in front of a packed Mount Zion Conference Centre in Aston where 428 people from communities across Birmingham gathered at the Public Assembly of Citizens UK: Birmingham – an alliance of schools, churches, mosques, trade unions and community groups.

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Council candidates commit to action on youth, crime and jobs at Lambeth Assembly

On Wednesday 14th May, candidates from Lambeth’s 3 main political parties agreed to the work with Lambeth Citizens on a range of community issues ahead of next week’s local elections. In front of an audience of 200 local residents, Cllr Lib Peck (Labour)Cllr Alex Davies (Liberal Democrats) and Graham Pycock (Conservatives) committed to specific proposals on crime, jobs and youth opportunities, developed after a 6 month Listening Campaign.

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Mayoral Candidates Agree to Brighten Up Tower Hamlets

Last night, Thursday 8th May, three of Tower Hamlets’ mayoral candidates joined each other on stage, in front of over 400 members of Tower Hamlets Citizens’ (local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK), to respond to their people’s manifesto asks ahead of the borough’s hotly contested election on May 22nd.

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Three Candidates for Leader of Redbridge Council Agree to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

Last night, 6 May 2014, at the first ever Redbridge Citizens Accountability Assembly, three candidates for leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Keith Prince (Conservative), Cllr Ian Bond (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Wes Streeting (on behalf of Cllr Jas Athwal - Labour), agreed to work with Redbridge Citizens to move the Redbridge Council from 80% to 100% compliant with the Citizens UK Social Care Charter. This would make Redbridge the first London Conservative borough to become fully compliant.

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Both candidates for leader of Croydon Council agree to pay Living Wage

Last night, 30th April 2014, at the Croydon Citizens Accountability Assembly, both candidates for leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Mike Fisher and Cllr Tony Newman, agreed to accredit the council as a Living Wage Employer. Should Cllr Fisher become leader of the council, this would make Croydon the first London Conservative borough to become a  Living Wage Employer.

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Southwark Council Candidates Commit to Community Land Trust

Over 170 Southwark residents, who are members of Southwark Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, came together at William Booth Training College this week to hold local politicians to account and present them with their People's Manifesto ahead of the borough elections in May.

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