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Building a relationship with the new North of Tyne Mayor

In May 2019 a new North of Tyne combined authority will be set up, with an election to decide its Mayor. As the largest civic society alliance in the region, our community leaders are coming together to have their say on what the new mayor should do and how power can shift to local people and communities. Find out more!

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Leeds Citizens meet senior NHS commissioner for mental health

Amrita Johal of Leeds Trinity University blogs on her experience of action with Leeds Citizens to improve mental health in Leeds:


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Six Nations Rugby: hundreds of stadium staff on poverty pay

An investigation by community leaders today reveals widespread in-work poverty amongst stadium workers at rugby, football, cricket and other sports stadiums across the UK. Workers in sports and leisure are twice as likely to be trapped in working poverty, with 2 in 5 jobs in the sector paid below the real Living Wage, despite multi-million-pound salaries at the top of sportThat's double the national average, which estimates 1 in 5 jobs across the country pay below the real Living Wage. 

Community leaders working with Citizens Cymru Wales went undercover to talk to Principality Stadium workers, the home of the Welsh national team, and found many staff being paid minimum wage who reported struggling to stay afloat financially. The investigation estimated at least 200 workers are being paid wages lower than the independently calculated real Living Wage, calculated to meet the real cost of Living. Jobs at England's Twickenham and Scotland's Murrayfield stadium are also being advertised at minimum wage jobs for upcoming games.

The report comes as a new poll by Survation shows widespread public support for top-flight clubs to do more to tackle poverty pay. 7 in 10 people (68%) agreed they wanted top clubs and sporting bodies to prioritise paying the real Living Wage to all staff and go beyond the Government minimum. 

Download the report:

Please support our work by donating to the Living Wage fighting fund


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Whitechapel Welcomes Refugees launches housing awareness drive

Whitechapel Welcomes Refugees (WWR) is a community group working to bring a Syrian refugee family to Tower Hamlets during 2019, via a Government-approved refugee resettlement scheme. We aim to support a family currently trapped in a refugee camp near Syria to settle in our borough and have a secure and enjoyable life.

See below for more details on how you can help!


We are appealing to property owners and landlords in Tower Hamlets to come forward to help us identify accommodation for the family. We are looking for a rented flat of 2 or 3 bedrooms, with a secure tenancy of at least 2 years. This should be suitable for a couple with young children. Our group will offer ongoing support through the months and years of the family’s life in Tower Hamlets, including with the rental costs of the property.

How you can help:

If you think that you (or someone you know) might be able to help us to find a suitable property for the family, we would love to hear from you via email or Twitter.

You can also support us to meet our fundraising target of £15,000, which we will use to support the family over the next two years. Donate at:www.justgiving.com/welcome-to-whitechapel 

Finally, we are always looking for extra volunteers from the local community to join us, so get in touch if you’re interested!

More about us:

We are a group of around 25 members of the local community, united by our concern at the humanitarian crisis within Syria and committed to welcome a vulnerable Syrian refugee family to the UK. We come from diverse backgrounds, from local residents and staff of Citizens UK to the Bethnal Green Church Our Lady of the Assumption, Queen Mary University students and members of the Muslim Council of Britain. Our work is part of the Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.

Contact us:

Gmail: Whitechapel.Welcomes@gmail.com

Twitter @whitecplsponsor

Donate: www.justgiving.com/welcome-to-whitechapel 

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Why Should Misogyny Become A Hate Crime?

This blog was posted as a number of Citizens UK community leaders from Manchester, London, Newcastle and Nottingham joined MPs, charity CEOs and Police Commissioners in an open letter asking that Police Chiefs take Misogyny Hate Crime seriously.

By Sylvie Pope, Greater Manchester Citizens

Today Fawcett Society revealed that there have been 67,000 incidents of hate crime targeting women last year.


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Our December 2018 newsletter

Our final newsletter of the year includes news of a visit to Parliament by students from Djanogly City Academy to press home how hate crime affects the lives of young people in Nottingham, plus we welcome new member organisations to our alliance and schedule the first of our action group meetings in 2019 that will progress our campaign priorities for the months ahead.

Read the Nottingham Citizens December 2018 newsletter now.

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Rebuilding the relationship between young people and the Met Police

Hamsa from SAAFI, a member of Brent Citizens, reflects on the recent Assembly with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and calls on members across London Citizens to stand in solidarity with young leaders like him who are taking action to build and improve trust between BME communities and the capital's Met Police.

Join us on Wednesday 19 December for our action when we will be delivering a Christmas list of shared values that both we as civil society and the police can commit to. 

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Is there any room at the Inn? Croydon Citizens perform nativity action outside Council

On Friday, over 60 of our Croydon leaders performed a huge nativity play outside Croydon Council. The leaders asked their local councillor, Cllr Allison Butler, if there’s “room at the inn” for genuinely affordable homes to be in built in the borough.

The nativity performance comes after years of campaigning from Croydon Citizens to see Community Land Trusts built in the borough - specifically in the north where the majority of member institutions are based. In 2014, and again earlier this year at the local election assembly, leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman promised a site for 20 homes. However, despite working closely and productively with the group, the council still hasn’t agreed a site.

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Commitments won at our Mental Health Assembly

Tyne and Wear Citizens have run a Citizens Commission on Mental Health in the North East that produced a powerful report entitled 'Living Well'. The report covers stories of pain and of hope, full of testimony about our mental health issues, services and challenges. And recommendations for action by people with the power to improve our services. Read further to find out which commitments we have secured from key decision makers.

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NEWS: Over 1000 London Citizens meet Mayor Sadiq Khan

  • London Citizens Assembly last night held an accountability assembly to follow through on a powerful agenda for change that was set with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, back in 2016
  • Over 1200 citizens packed Southwark Cathedral for a night of celebration and accountability with the Mayor which spanned Living Wage, Housing, Citizenship and social integration to knife crime and community safety.
  • The room heard of the confirmation of the first-ever London Community Land Trust homes to be built on the Olympic Site and a new £10m revolving fund for community-led housing. 
  • Schools and University leaders received backing from Mayor Sadiq Khan to support a loan scheme for children born in Britain but unable to afford Citizenship fees.
  • The Mayor made commitments to work with Citizens UK on Knife Crime and Community Safety and a candlelit vigil was held by mothers and young people affected by violence.

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