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Croydon Partnership commits to Living Wage​

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In a meeting with local community organising alliance Croydon Citizens, regional branch of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, the Croydon Partnership committed to paying the London Living Wage and becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. The partnership consists of Westfield and Hammerson and is responsible for the planned £1bn shopping centre in Croydon.

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Urgent call for action: Could your local area welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugees?

As winter sets in, a new crisis is facing Syrian refugees in UN camps. After snowstorms and freezing temperatures, UNICEF has said that the camps have become 'deadly for children'. Similar conditions are faced  by millions of refugees in Iraq.

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Nottingham Citizens hold fast in sorrow and solidarity with the victims of Paris attack

On Monday this week hundreds of Nottingham Citizens participated in a fast called by Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE in response to the terrible attack in Paris. 120 community leaders broke their fast together at the Karimia Institute Nottingham having published the following statement.

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Paris atrocity: a reaction

By The Rt Revd Adrian Newman and Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE

Last week’s events in Paris unfolded at a horrifying speed.  From hour to hour, new threats emerged, new groups were targeted, and new families lost a dearly-loved member.

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Faith and Community Leaders launch Citizens UK election call for a time limit on migrant detention

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In the wake of yesterday’s shocking Home Office figures revealing the scale of indefinite detention, Citizens UK today fired the starting pistol on their 2015 election campaign to persuade politicians to pledge a time limit on the detention of migrants.

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Citizens UK Celebrates Cap on Credit Coming Into Force and Call For Community Finance Fund

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A group of campaigners from national community organising charity, Citizens UK, welcomed in the New Year by gathering, in an array of caps, and religious headgear, at the London base of pay day lender, Wonga, to welcome the coming into force of the Financial Conduct Authority’s price cap on the cost of credit and calling upon Wonga to make a public declaration that they will respect the new cap and abide by its spirit.

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Students tell Croydon retailers to ‘Stop Scrooging’ and pay the Living Wage

Croydon students told big retailers in Croydon this week to ‘Stop Scrooging’ and pay the Living Wage this Christmas. The students, from Coulsdon College who are working with Croydon Citizens, a local alliance of schools, colleges, and faith and community groups, swapped pricing labels in four of the largest retailers on North End (Debenhams, M&S, Sports Direct and Primark) with labels calling on the stores to pay the Living Wage.

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Santa takes action against Speedy Cash

Fifty community leaders from Lambeth Citizens took action against payday loan company Speedy Cash’s aggressive marketing policies. They joined Santa in delivering coal to Speedy Cash, who have been naughty this year, and giving presents to London Mutual Credit Union, who have been nice.

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Citizens Call on Councils to Resettle Refugees

Over the past two weeks civil society institutions, who are members of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, have been taking action and asking their local councils to follow the example of Kevin Davis, Leader, Royal Borough of Kingston, who has pledged to resettle 50 refugees from countries such as Syria and Iraq, as part of Citizens UK’s call on Government to double the number of refugees that are offered sanctuary in the UK from 750 to 1,500.

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Will Croydon be the first Labour council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees?

Young leaders from Croydon Citizens put up tents outside Croydon council yesterday to draw attention to Citizens UK’s campaign to resettle at least 1500 refugees in the UK. The students, from Croydon College, held signs saying ‘BE THE FIRST’ in order to encourage leader of the council Cllr Tony Newman to make Croydon the first Labour council to agree to resettle 50 Syrian refugees.

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