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Neil Jameson CBE, Citizens UK Founder and Executive Director, to step down in August 2018

Britain’s most experienced community organiser, Neil Jameson CBE, has decided the time is right to step down from his position as Executive Director of Citizens UK. 

In his 30 years of service to broad based community organising, Neil has played a central part in establishing the nation’s largest, most diverse and most powerful civil society alliance, representing over half a million people across England and Wales. With a small group of Trustees and funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, he founded the charity, now known as Citizens UK, in 1989. Citizens UK now has a membership network of over 350 institutions, drawn from different faith and educational establishments, trade unions and voluntary associations - all working together at a local and national level to win change for the common good. 

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Passports not Profits

 

 

Home Office profiteering leaves 65,000 children with the right to citizenship in limbo:  South London Citizens led on the organisation of an action outside the Home Office just before Christmas, 2017.

A Letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, delivered by more than a hundred children and young people, urges her to cut the cost of British citizenship for children.

This year the Home Office stands to make almost £24* million profit from children registering for British citizenship. Most were born or bred in the UK of migrant parents and need citizenship to fully contribute to the society that is their home.

 

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Our November 2017 newsletter

In our latest newsletter you can find out what we've been doing to promote take-up of the Living Wage by more local employers, develop our fruitful relationships with Nottingham's MPs and other news, including the announcement of a new institution that's joined our alliance and become part of the Nottingham Citizens family.

Read the Nottingham Citizens November 2017 newsletter now.

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Newham private tenants protected through Landlord Licensing Scheme

Citizen’s UK welcomes decision on the Newham licensing scheme and renews call for wider landlord licensing across London

Forty one thousand households in Newham who rely on the Landlord Licensing scheme to protect them from bad landlords in the private rental sector will be protected for a further five years. This comes after Housing Minister Alok Sharma extended the li scheme, although two areas in Newham were not included in the renewal.

 

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Citizens UK welcomes decision on Newham Landlord Licensing scheme

Citizen’s UK welcomes decision on the Newham licensing scheme and renews call for wider landlord licensing across London

 Forty one thousand households in Newham who rely on the Landlord Licensing scheme to protect them from bad landlords in the private rental sector will be protected for a further five years. This comes after Housing Minister Alok Sharma extended the li scheme, although two areas in Newham were not included in the renewal.

London Citizens, the London branch of Citizens UK welcomed the news and has been campaigning on the issue of extending landlord licensing across London boroughs to ensure widespread abuses of tenants’ rights by unaccountable landlords are stamped out.

Although the decision was welcome, the government’s long-awaited decision, which comes after months of campaigning by Newham Council, was delayed meaning a gap of two to three months will exist between the old scheme and the new one.

Pete Brierley said:

“We’re really pleased that Alok Sharma has largely accepted the scheme and want to thank him for listening to the concerns of London Citizens members who consistently hear shocking stories of landlord abuses from across London. It’s great that Newham can now proceed.”

Whilst we welcome the decision on Newham, it is just one London borough and we remain keen to meet his team to discuss whether they will accept other licensing schemes put forward by Councils across London and recognise that this problem is far more widespread in the capital than is currently being addressed by selective licensing schemes already in place.”

 

 

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West Ham United Football Club joins Living Wage movement

 

Picture shows: Lola McEvoy, Living Wage Foundation,Tara Warren, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, West Ham United and Stuart Wright, Chair of Living Wage Advisory Council, who joined Citizens UK leaders and West Ham staff to celebrate accreditation of the football club as a living wage employer.

 

West Ham United Football Club vice-chairman Karren Brady announces the club is joining the Living Wage movement

Living Wage campaigners at Citizens UK today celebrated the news that West Ham United became an accredited London Living Wage payer at a ceremony at London Stadium this morning.

The Hammers become the third Premier League club to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, after Chelsea and Everton.

 The commitment sees everyone at West Ham United, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly rate of £10.20, significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour.

The Hammers have been paying all permanent employees at the level of the London Living Wage since 1 June 2015, but previously could not be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation due to some London Stadium staff not receiving the London Living Wage. 

London Stadium’s owners have now committed to pay their employees the London Living Wage and are working on setting a timeline to uplift staff wages, which means that West Ham United can now be officially accredited.  TELCO, the East London branch of Citizens UK is working with London stadium workers employed by third party contractors at the venue to confirm the timeline on their own pay increase to London living wage. This was promised earlier this year by the London Stadium following the Mayor of London’s intervention in support of low paid cleaners working there.

The Living Wage campaign is an independent movement that originates from east London, which is supported by businesses, organisations and people who believe 'a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay'. 

The aim of the movement is to provide an ethical benchmark for responsible pay, and employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis 

The London Living Wage is independently calculated every year based on what employees and their families need to get by. The calculation is based on a social consensus of what people need for a decent standard of living and to participate fully in society, including things like housing, transport to work and heating, but also enough for small birthday celebration or a trip to the cinema.

 West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady said, “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the Living Wage Foundation’s seal of approval as an accredited London Living Wage employer, and hope to act as a good example for all other Premier League clubs and big businesses in London.

“The Living Wage Foundation accreditation is something we have been working towards for a long time, including lobbying the Mayor to help encourage our landlords to commit to paying a fair day’s pay, and we are over the moon to now be in a position where we can finally become a recognised Living Wage employer.

“The football club isn’t just made up of the 11 players on the pitch, and by making this commitment we hope to ensure that West Ham United continues be a place where the best talents want to ply their trade, and London Stadium, Rush Green and Chadwell Heath are environments in which they can achieve their goals. 

"We recognise the contribution of each and every employee at the club, and rewarding and retaining our staff is a major part of that. We take pride in the way we conduct ourselves as an organisation on and off the pitch and by doing the right thing and paying the London Living Wage, we hope this will urge other clubs to soon follow suit.”

 

 

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Tyne and Wear Citizens Founding assembly attended by 1,000 people

The November founding assembly of Tyne and Wear Citizens was a huge success and we'd like to thank all of our founding partners for making it such a special event.  Nearly 1,000 people from across the region came together to negotiate with political, business and public sector decision-makers on how we can tackle issues affecting our communities ranging from mental health, poverty and hate crime. Watch the video created to open the assembly:

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"They made me feel my dreams are important"

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Last month, 120 students from six London-based schools and colleges attended skills build training sessions with Citizens UK’s Good Jobs Campaign team at J.P. Morgan’s offices in Blackfriars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Citizens UK’s Safe Passage programme to become an independent organisation

The Safe Passage project, established in 2015 by Citizens UK as a partnership between community organisers, lawyers and faith leaders, will separate from Citizens UK in 2018 and become an independent organisation.

Citizens UK Trustees were advised by a panel of independent assessors that it is in the best interests of both bodies to separate to pursue future objectives. This is due to both the international expansion of the Safe Passage project, and the subsequent differences between the missions of the two organisations. Safe Passage is now operational in Greece, France, Italy and Belgium, as well as the UK.

Since its inception, the Safe Passage project has opened safe and legal routes through which have over 1,000 refugee children have travelled safely to sanctuary. Using a unique mix of advocacy, legal work and field work, the ground-breaking project has opened routes not only to the UK, but also to other countries in Europe. Its achievements have been recognised and rewarded with the Liberty Human Rights Award, the European Citizens’ Prize and the Sheila McKechnie Award.

 

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