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Citizens UK Response to Budget

Rhys Moore, director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We are delighted that the announcement made in the Budget this lunchtime will see over 2.5 million workers receive a much needed pay rise. This is a massive victory for Citizens UK and those communities, workers and business leaders who have campaigned for a Living Wage since 2001. We agree with the Chancellor that work should be the surest way out of poverty. However, this announcement raises several important questions.

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Lambeth Community Comes Together to Promote Credit Union

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On Monday 6th July 40 community leaders came together for a mass hand-in of membership forms to the London Mutual Credit Union branch on Acre Lane in Brixton. Working with Lambeth Citizens, local branch of community organising charity Citizens UK, and the Church Credit Champions Network (CTC), leaders from local faith and community groups handed in over 150 membership forms to the credit union. 

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Citizens UK Calls For Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life

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Citizens UK, national community organising charity, is today, Monday 6th July, announcing its plan to launch a national commission, chaired by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve PC QC MP, to consider how the Muslim community could better participate in the life of British society.

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Stitch-in Shows M&S Shoppers Support Living Wage

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Living Wage supporters staged a ‘stitch-in’ outside Marks & Spencers in Central Milton Keynes.  Ten women had a sit-down tea party and sewed hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on 7th July.  The action was co-ordinated by Citizens:mk with the Craftivist Collective and ShareAction’s AGM Army to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage.  

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Pupil Power bolsters mental health services for Greenwich teenagers

The country’s first Young People’s Mental Health Charter shaped by school pupils was launched on Tuesday 30th June, by students at Corelli College Co-operative Academy in Blackheath.

The Young People's Mental Health Charter, which aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Greenwich, is a joint initiative between Greenwich students, local GPs and the community organising alliance Citizens UK, with support from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England.

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TELCO award Living Wage Champion status to University of East London

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisation presented UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, with a plaque acknowledging the university’s work in promoting the London Living Wage.  A large banner was unveiled calling on other organisations in the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone to do the same. The event which was organised by students on the university’s London Scholars programme, launched the first phase of a campaign for the Royal Docks to become one of the first a Living Wage Zones in the country. 

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Mind the pay gap! Newham Citizens call on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisers (TELCO), part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, called on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage. TELCO members will join University of East London students on the London Scholars civic engagement programme to persuade airport management to ensure that cleaners who are employed externally are paid the Living Wage, currently £9.15 per hour for London.

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Conflict Survivors Offer 300 Homes And Call On Cameron To Revive Tradition Of Sanctuary

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Elderly Jewish refugees and survivors of other conflicts today joined members of Citizens UK and Refugee Action to call upon David Cameron to revive the tradition of offering sanctuary in the UK to those who need it in response to the greatest refugee crisis since World War Two.

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Citizens Welcome Canaries' Support For Living Wage

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The Citizens UK Living Wage football campaign group is today welcoming the announcement from Norwich City FC that it will pay all directly employed staff at least the Living Wage, and will work towards accreditation as a Living Wage employer by the 2016-17 season, which will see the Living Wage hourly rate extended to contracted staff.

The move by the club returning to the Premier League for the 2015/16 season follows in the footsteps of champions, Chelsea FC, who last season became the only accredited Living Wage employer in the Premier League. The other accredited football clubs are Hearts of Midlothian, Luton Town and FC United Manchester.

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Success Stories in the Citizens UK Resettlement Campaign

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In June 2014, after seeing the crisis in Syria and Iraq in which almost 6 million people have been displaced, leaders from across Citizens UK were distraught. Only very few Syrian and Iraqi refugees had been brought to this country (by May 2015, only 187 Syrians have been resettled in the UK). Leaders wanted to do more. They knew if they organised themselves into strong, diverse teams and worked together, not only could they build successful local campaigns to get their Councils to commit to resettling refugees, but they could inspire people from across the UK to do the same. 

Here are a few of their stories. 

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