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Revealed: Free School Meal students lose out on £65 million a year

A pupil-led investigation by schools, Tyne & Wear Citizens and Citizens UK reveals that pupils eligible for Free School Meals lose out on £65 million a year because unused allowance is retained by school meal provider.

  • Secondary school pupils lead national call for change as investigation finds £65 million of children’s Free School Meals allowance is being diverted;
  • Unspent ‘change’ from pupils’ meals isn’t rolled over for use on another day, but instead retained by the meal provider (private companies, schools or councils);
  • There are approximately 750,000 secondary school pupils eligible for free school meals and all are thought to be affected by this issue.

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South London Citizens accountability assembly - May 7th

On May 7th at 6:30PM, our alliances across South London will come together at Southwark Cathedral to hold to account leaders of FIVE local councils, plus representatives from the Greater London Authority, on the issues of: affordable housing; youth violence and safety; and sanctuary and welcome. To attend, please sign up for (free) tickets HERE

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Women100 Training in Tower Hamlets

Community organising training for women in our member organisations. The aim is to develop women leaders in each institution and increase women’s participation in the decision-making process in their local community.

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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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