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Genuinely affordable Community Land Trust granted in Sydenham after a five-year campaign by Lewisham Citizens

Lewisham Citizens and London Community Land Trust (London CLT) are celebrating today after their planning application for 11 genuinely affordable homes in Brasted Close has been approved.

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Why we need you at our Citizens Assembly

Read this blog to find out more about our agenda and ambitions for our upcoming Leicester Citizens Assembly and beyond!

What: Mayoral Accountability Assembly

When: 30th April 6 for 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm

Where: Holy Trinity Church, Upper King Street, Leicester

Why: To build a meaningful ongoing partnership with the next Mayor of Leicester and to ask them to work with us on our first three themes: Housing and Homelessness, Mental Health Access and Provision, Street Safety.

Register here to secure tickets for yourself and members of your institution.

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2019 Delegates Assembly Update

Please click below to read a message from Citizens UK Birmingham Co Chairs Liz Coleman and Richard Campbell, following our Chapter's Delegates Assembly.

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How community organising can help shape local health services

The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) welcomed the invitation to work with Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to identify priority issues that the Newham CCG Board will be considering as part of its 2019/2020 budget. This presented an opportunity for TELCO's 86 multi-faith, multi-cultural member institutions - boasting of a reach of over 100,000 people across East London - to look at the role that anchor institutions and local community leadership can play in shaping the commissioning process for health services.

Read the full blog to access the full report on how TELCO's partnership with Newham CCG lead to the first ever participatory budgeting exercise in the NHS.

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April 2019 Nottingham Citizens Newsletter

Our Accountability Assembly that we were planning to hold on Thursday 25 April will now take place instead on Wednesday 26 June at Trent Vineyard. The Nottingham Citizens leadership group felt it was prudent to postpone the event until after the Nottingham City Council election when the Councillors who will form the Council’s new political leadership team will be known.

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The benefits of membership in the words of Nottingham Citizens institutions

Leaders from Nottingham Citizens' broad-based alliance of community groups rooted in civic society locally explain how their organisations have benefited from becoming dues-paying members of Nottingham Citizens, a community organising Chapter of Citizens UK.

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Newham Civil Society Youth Commission publish report

Representatives from schools, universities and community groups across Newham came together to set up a Civil Society Youth Commission in response to the rise in youth violence in the Borough to investigate holistic solutions to the multi-faceted causes of youth violence.

Read the report to learn how Newham Citizens applied the method of community organising to identify solutions 'from the bottom up' that place communities at the heart of the response. The report also puts forward recommendations to Newham Council, Newham Police and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group on issues ranging from street safety to education and the relationship between police and young people.

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Revealed: extent of Home Office profiteering on child citizenship fees

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration ‘disappointed’ by lack of attention to 'question of basic fairness' from Home Office, as investigation into immigration and citizenship fees published.

  • Key recommendations: the inspector recommends a full review of the fee waiver process, including, considering scrapping all child immigration fees for those who can’t afford it; refunding the profit (surplus) of failed citizenship applications; and for ministers to make public vital information on the negative social and equality impact the fees policy is causing [see notes to editor]
  • David Bolt, Inspectorate of Borders and Immigration, said: The Home Office has said that it will “carefully consider” my recommendations “in the context of the next Spending Review”. I am disappointed that the Home Office does not recognise that this is a question of basic fairness, which should not have to wait on discussions with the Treasury about the department’s future funding.”
  • Home Office charges are driving thousands of parents into overwork, debt and even skipping meals to save for the fees. Without documents, young people face being shut out of university, job opportunities and are unable to build a life in the only country they know.
  • An FOI (Freedom of Information) request by charity Citizens UK reveals the Home Office is making £2 million a month profit from charging children for citizenship, with around 40,000 children estimated to be affected [1]. Citizens UK joined charities, schools and Universities in welcoming the news that some elements of the charges will be looked at, but criticised the Home Office rejection of a wider review, and urged ministers to urgently meet charities and families affected to discuss ending the punitive charges harming families.

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How our school called on London City Airport to become a real Living Wage employer – and won!

Blog by Miss Yvonne Wade, Acting Deputy Head at St Antony’s Primary School, a member institution of Newham Citizens.

It’s not often that you hear of primary schools in “deprived” areas having the power to convince large employers, such as major transport hubs, to give their lowest paid staff a pay-rise. So how did we do it? 

St Antony’s pupils and staff meet with an Airport representative

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COMMONWEALTH DAY; Celebrating our diversity and fighting for citizenship

 

Commonwealth Day was celebrated across the world on March 11th with calls for unity, friendship and partnership. Leaders from Children into Citizens, our youth-led campaign to break down the barriers to children becoming British citizens, had their own celebration in The Houses of Parliament. 

Shortly after the Home Office announced that child citizenship fees would be frozen this year, over 40 children with heritage from Commonwealth countries from across our membership celebrated the diversity of the UK and highlighted the barriers that still stand for children like them to fully pursue their dreams of belonging, security and education.

An estimate of 40,000 children a year across the country are forced to pay £1,012 to be legally British despite most of them being born and brought up in the UK. Almost half of these children have roots in Commonwealth countries.

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