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Brent Landlords and Estate Agents pledge houses in aid of most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East

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Brent Action for Refugees met with landlords and estate agents from across Brent, asking businesses to do their part in welcoming refugees. The event, hosted by Newman Catholic College, brought together a diverse group of civic institutions.

Oscar Watkins, a volunteer with Brent Action for Refugees said “we decided to hold this event, because we knew that businesses in Brent could do their part to help vulnerable Syrian refugees. This is an opportunity for Brent council to work with businesses and the community to make resettlement a success."

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Government urged to safely reunite refugee children in the EU with their families in the UK

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Following the tragic and wholly avoidable death of a child refugee in the UK last Friday, only 14 miles from the Prime Minister’s Oxfordshire house, pressure grows on David Cameron to act. Campaigner and actress Juliet Stevenson is leading a call on the government to safely reunite refugee minors in the EU with their families in the UK. Today [7 April] a petition was launched on the gov.uk website to demand that the government urgently step in and reunite child refugees in the EU with their families in the UK. 

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Introduction of the 'national living wage'

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Today, April 1st, sees the introduction of the £7.20 statutory minimum wage premium rate for staff over 25, which shall see a pay rise for millions of workers across the country. The compulsory ‘national living wage’ should however not be confused with the Living Wage – a voluntary rate set by the Living Wage Foundation. The Government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living, and reflects the higher cost of living in the capital.

Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK said:

“We welcome the move by government as a key milestone in the Living Wage campaign, pioneered by Citizens UK leaders in 2001 as a way of tackling the scourge of low pay. Thousands of workers, students and businesses have championed the campaign since then.

"Citizens UK encourages those employers who can afford to go further than the legal minimum to work towards paying the Living Wage – which reflects the cost of living here in the UK. Citizens UK applauds the 2,300+ employers who have signed up to the voluntary rate of £8.25 in the UK & £9.40 in London. This includes a third of the FTSE 100 companies, and high street names such as Ikea, Nationwide and Nestle. This has impacted on the families of over 80,000 employees.

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David Cameron urged to reunite refugee families

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A host of leading public figures, including Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey, Juliet Stevenson, Jude Law, Mark Rylance, Michael Palin, Paloma Faith, Steve Coogan and Dame Vivienne Westwood are calling on David Cameron to step up the government’s commitment to help Syrian refugees, by reuniting refugees stranded across Europe, with their families here in the UK.

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London CLT on Sunday Politics (06/03/2016)

The London Community Land Trust, set up by Citizens UK in 2007 to deliver genuinely and permanently affordable homes for the people of London, was showcased this week on BBC's Sunday Politics this week.

More information can be found at www.londonclt.org

Watch the video to find out more about why CLTs are a radically better form of housing and provide genuinely affordable homes pegged to local wages.

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Celebrities back Hollande’s call on Britain to fulfil commitment to child refugees in Calais

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Today, Thursday 3 March, public figures including Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter, Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald, and Jude Law added their voices to President Hollande’s call on the UK Government to speed up the process of reuniting unaccompanied minors in Calais with their relatives in the UK. Until this happens, public figures have signed up to a new buddy system to provide help and support to unaccompanied minors who have a legal and moral right to be reunited with their UK-based families.

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Croydon Council Commits to Community Land Trust

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In a meeting with Croydon Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman committed to building community land trust homes in the borough.

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Camden Young People Lead the Way to making Camden High Street Safer

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On Saturday 13th February, local young people and businesses on Camden High Street joined forces to make Camden High Street a safer place for everyone, as they launched the first wave of CitySafe Havens in the area in partnership with Camden Citizens, part of national community organizing charity, Citizens UK.

Young people in Camden raised concerns that when they felt threatened or in danger they didn’t feel they had anywhere to turn, and that they were always seen as trouble makers. Fourteen local young people from across Camden decided take the safety concerns of the community into their own hands and make Camden High Street a safer place to be.

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Clive Efford Kidbrooke Housing Action

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Greenwich Citizens launched a housing campaign on Friday 12th February at Kidbrooke Station, calling for local housing developments to include homes using the London Living Rent model, and to be developed using the Good Development Standard, a new charter to develop better homes. The campaign was launched with students from Corelli College Co-Operative Academy and Greenwich Free School winning support from Clive Efford MP.

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Community demands 300 homes on the Boleyn Development

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On Thursday 11th February, members of Newham Citizens called on Newham Council to reject planning proposals for anything less than 35% affordable homes on the Boleyn Ground development in Upton Park. This equates to 300 homes on the site. Led by school children from St Antony’s Primary School, residents of Caritas Anchor House and community leaders from Newham Sixth Form College, St. Margarets, Canning Town, Bryant Street Methodist Church, Ursuline Convent, and St Antony’s Church, Forest Gate, Newham Citizens handed a letter co-signed by various community leaders as part of the Council’s Community Re-Consultation on Affordable Housing on the Boleyn ground.

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