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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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Waltham Forest Safety Commission calls for dedicated youth workers in schools to help reduce exclusions as one solution to rising violence on London’s streets

Waltham Forest Citizens Safety Commission has launched the findings of its 1,200 strong borough listening campaign. One of the main recommendations is a pilot scheme dedicated youth workers in Waltham Forest schools to stage early interventions with troubled children and help reverse cuts to youth and children’s services.

Read the report here.

 

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City Airport joins Living Wage Movement

Newham Citizens celebrate as major local employer City Airport goes London Living Wage, joining West Ham, and London Stadium in paying all staff and contractors the higher rate of £10.55 an hour

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Darren Worsnop of Leeds Trinity University explains their Living Wage journey

Following his interview with Calum Carson, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University has spoken to the University's head of HR Systems and Projects Darren Worsnop to discuss their journey to gaining Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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“It’s common sense for business’ and workers” – PhD researcher Calum Carson on his work with Leeds Citizens and the Living Wage

In the second of our series on the Living Wage, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University speaks to Calum Carson, who is completing his PhD on the subject at the University of Leeds. 

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The Living Wage: A Background

In the first of a series of interviews with people involved in the Living Wage campaign, a priority issue for Leeds Citizens, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University takes a look at the background to the campaign. 

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Winning a Living Wage campaign for low paid workers

In November 2016 my friend Josh and I joined a group of other students to begin campaigning for the University of Manchester to become an accredited Living Wage employer. We walked in aware of the concept of the real Living Wage but less familiar with Citizens UK and the work they had done on this issue. After that first meeting he became the campaign Chair and I was made the Treasurer.

In our first year of campaigning we only had a handful of students. We held meetings with academics who were sympathetic, reached out to other university societies on campus and worked with the Students’ Union to put ourselves on a good campaign footing.

When September 2017 rolled around we stood outside the SU building leafleting new arrivals at the university to increase the number of people involved in the campaign. I struck up a conversation with a student who was working for University about what we were doing and agreed to help. That student Oliver, and his two housemates, joined the campaign and we had access to their skill sets, especially in research and creative campaigning.

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London community leaders respond to community safety debate

Community leaders from Citizens UK alliances across the capital have responded to the Mayor of London's welcome announcement that he will be implementing a 'public health approach' to reducing violence.

Having engaged with our respective civic institutions and listened to hundreds of parents, school staff and young people as part of local Borough Commissions on Youth Violence, our leaders comment on the importance of tackling school exclusions - one of the factors in the increase in knife crime - in a considered way.

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