Heathrow becomes first Living Wage airport with 3,200 workers set for a Living Wage pay rise

• The Living Wage Foundation announces new UK Living Wage of £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour
• Mayor Sadiq Khan announces new London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour, an increase of 45p per hour
• The UK rate is £1.25 per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s) and the London Living Wage is £2.70 more an hour
• Today, Heathrow Airport becomes the 1st airport in the UK to sign up as a Living Wage Employer (see attached press release)
• Heathrow join more than 3,600 Living Wage employers across the UK and 1,000+ in London


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London faith and community leaders take action on bad landlords

The Bishops of Barking, Edmonton, Stepney, Croydon and Woolwich today co-signed aletter being delivered to Housing Minister Alok Sharma asking him to approve a pioneering property licencing scheme in Newham which is protecting vulnerable tenants from bad and criminal landlords. A decision is imminent, and without backing from Housing Minister Alok Sharma, the scheme cannot roll further, setting a precedent for the rest of London.


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Premier League Clubs in Living Wage Shame Despite £3.6bn Turnover



UPDATE Dec 2017: We're pleased to announce that West Ham United football club has now joined Chelsea and Everton as a accredited Living Wage Employer. So a big thanks and congratulations to West Ham for being the third club to accredit.

The pressure is paying off. Please do get in touch via email, Facebook and Twitter with other football clubs to ask them to follow suit!


On the eve of Living Wage Week community organising charity Citizens UK is launching a Low Pay League Table to highlight the grotesque inequality in football. Stadium workers at 18 of the 20 Premier League clubs are earning less than the real Living Wage - despite the clubs having annual turnovers of hundreds of millions of pounds.

 The staff affected include cleaners, security guards, and caterers with some earning less than £7.00 per hour, with under 25s as little as £6.50 per hour - significantly less than the real Living Wage of £8.45 per hour which is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the true cost of living in the UK.

 Astonishingly, it would take one of these workers over 20 years to earn the £290,000 Man Utd striker Paul Pogba earns in one week. At Arsenal, Mezut Ozil, earning £190,000 a week, makes more in 45 minutes than a full-time steward on £7.00 an hour would make in a month.*  At many clubs third party contractors on pay as low as £7.00 an hour outnumber the clubs own staff, who are often paid higher salaries.

 In response to this, Citizens UK is launching a national campaign aimed at encouraging all clubs to end this inequality and pay all their staff a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living.

The campaign launches Friday 27th October with an action at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane Stadium. Living Wage campaigners and Tottenham residents from London Citizens, the London branch of Citizens UK, will hand in a letter to executive chairwoman Donna-Maria Cullen to request a meeting to discuss accrediting as a Living Wage employer.

Tottenham, one of the Premier League’s wealthiest clubs, with a turnover of £196 million, broke their transfer record this summer with £42 million spent on 21-year-old defender Davinson Sanchez.


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Tyne and Wear Citizens Launch Assembly on November 7

On Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 6pm communities from across Tyne & Wear will come together to launch Tyne & Wear Citizens. This diverse alliance of faith communities, residents groups, schools, colleges, universities, and charities has been built to take action for the common good of the region.

Over the last nine months we have used Community Organising to listen, build relationships, identify injustices facing our people and launch campaigns to tackle some of our regions problems.

Our Launch Assembly is an opportunity to celebrate this work, seek public commitments from decision makers and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to play their part in making Tyne & Wear a better place for us all. At this historic event we will commit to peace, participation and reweaving the fabric of civil society.

Amidst celebration, powerful stories and pledges of hard work, the foundations will be laid for a new wave of action for social justice.

Doors Open at 17.30pm. Please take your seats by 17.45pm

For further information of any queries contact Sara Bryson, Community Organiser,

Details and tickets here:


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Action to Mark One Year anniversary of the Calais Jungle Demolition

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Waltham Forest Listening Campaign, 2017

Just wanted to share something fun to start your day. All shot on smart phones and put together by the youth worker at cornerstone church. It is a short video about Waltham Forest' s listening campaign.

Have a good day.

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Boost to government's flagship plan to resettle refugees as communities step up


Community groups who pledged to sponsor a refugee family at the launch of Sponsor Refugees at East London Mosque.


 Boost to government’s flagship plan to resettle refugees as more communities step up to sponsor refugees

More refugees from the Syrian conflict will be resettled in the UK over the coming years with the launch of Sponsor Refugees, a foundation set up by Citizens UK to boost the community sponsorship of refugees.

Sponsor Refugees will advise and support faith and community groups who take on the responsibility of raising funds, finding a home and then welcoming and settling refugee families in their neighbourhoods. 

Community sponsorship of refugees was launched by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, in 2016 at Lambeth Palace, and since then groups from Bude in Cornwall to Flixton in Greater Manchester, from Hackney in East London to Fishguard in West Wales, have successfully been pioneering the scheme.

The launch of Sponsor Refugees is set to boost the scheme, with more than 30 pledges to carry forward community sponsorships across the country made at the Sponsor Refugees launch event at the East London Mosque on Monday 9th October 2017.  

Muslim and Jewish groups are now taking up community sponsorship, alongside denominations and non-faith community groups. 

Hasanain Jaffer from the Clifton Road Mosque in Birmingham is among those who will be taking forward community sponsorship. Hasanain Jaffer says:

“There is growing interest among British Muslims in sponsorship of refugees.  We have amazing resources in our communities and are well placed to take on the responsibility for welcoming and supporting refugees from the Syrian conflict. The great thing about community sponsorship is that it involves government, local government, voluntary organisations and community groups all working together.  Muslim institutions and their members have always been at the fore of charitable giving and stepping up for humanitarian causes.  In this vein, Clifton Road Mosque will be stepping up to our moral and religious duty to sponsor a family and assisting the Methodist church locally in their application.”



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Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor remembered

 By Bernadette Farrell, the first Deputy Director of Citizens UK.

 There will be a Citizens UK delegation at this Wednesday’s Mass in Memory of the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor at Westminster Cathedral from 17.00 to 19.00.

 As Cardinal Murphy O’Connor is remembered this week, one image towers in my memory.  It was May-day, 2007. Cormac walked out through the doors of Westminster Cathedral. Undeterred by the pouring rain, he greeted the waiting crowds, stretched across the piazza. Then, in colorful procession, he led them down Victoria Street and beyond Parliament. Standing in Trafalgar Square he addressed 15,000 people, all waving their national flags alongside union jacks. Beside him were senior representatives of all parties and religious traditions. It had taken Cormac’s political courage to bring them together.  At the first Mass for Migrants that he introduced the previous year, 2006, he had called for an amnesty for undocumented migrants.

 How many previous Cardinals had become a voice for the people? In 1889, Henry Manning’s intervention won a living wage for the starving dockers of East London. His words and actions led to 125 years of Catholic Social Teaching. Now, rising from Manning’s chair, Cormac named the injustice of his own day, in the capital city he had grown to love: ‘While our nation benefits economically from the presence of undocumented workers, too often we turn a blind eye when they are exploited by employers.’ He continued, ‘We want you to know that you belong … We are grateful for the role you play in our economy … We want you to be welcomed such that you are strangers no longer.’ At his words, the entire assembly burst in to prolonged applause. Many people were in tears.

Leading the intercessions, at the first Mass, was “M.” The daughter of parents with an ancestral claim to UK residence, she spent her formative years in London, an active member of her local parish, but had become ‘illegal,’ without knowing it, on turning eighteen. Her family were reeling from the loss of her brother in a car accident. In the chaos that followed his sudden death, M’s mother overlooked the residency application for her daughter. When we met, she was a model citizen and parishioner, who worked hard, supported her family and volunteered regularly for her community. In the early hours of the morning her door was kicked down by immigration officers.

The Strangers into Citizens campaign grew from hundreds of similar stories, shared by Catholic priests, sisters and headteachers, trying, however possible, to offer support.


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Victory for Living Wage Campaigners as London Stadium agrees to pay Living Wage


East London Citizens campaign for a London Living wage outside the London Stadium HQ in August.

 Citizens UK welcomes the decision of the London Stadium to pay the London Living Wage to its employees following TELCO’s (East London Citizens) organising campaign with low paid Stadium workers.

 Citizens UK Living Wage Community Organiser, Mike Pugh said: 

"We are delighted that London Stadium have today agreed to pay the London Living Wage and we look forward to them accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation. This decision will change the lives of the Stadium cleaners, security guards and caterers who have campaigned for this with Citizens UK leaders in East London since January. The Mayor of London has shown great leadership and ensured a Living Wage Legacy five years on from the first Living Wage Olympics.

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Brandenburg Choral Festival Concert in support of Citizens UK

 Brandenburg Choral Festival of London presents Mozart's Requiem to support Citizens UK. 

This concert features the Brandenburg Festival Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia, in a programme of marvellous Mozart. In the second half, the festival’s Artistic Director, Robert Porter, leads both groups in the dramatic Requiem, while in the first the instrumentalists will take centre stage with the Adagio and Fugue in C minorDivertimento from The Marriage of Figaro, and the Serenade in D major, known as Serenata Notturna.

(All compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
Divertimento, K. 492,
 from The Marriage of Figaro
Serenade no. 6 in D major. K. 239,
 'Serenata Notturna'


Requiem in D minor, K. 626

Friday 10th November 2017 7.30pm


HolbornViaduct London EC1A 2DQ


Tickets £23(premium)£18(unreserved) children£5 for tickets visit For more information email


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