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Citizens UK sets out its manifesto ahead of the 2015 general election

Today, Thursday 24th July, Citizens UK is launching its People’s Manifesto in the build up to the 2015 general election at a Civil Society Summit, hosted by Queen Mary University of London and attended by Rt Hon Sam Gyimah MP for East Surrey and Children's Minister.

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Lambeth Citizens launch financial resilience strategy with Lambeth Council

On Monday 14th July, Lambeth Citizens and Lambeth Council joined forces to launch their Financial Resilience Strategy for the borough.

At a launch event in Lambeth Town Hall, Lambeth Citizens leaders spoke about their campaign to tackle the spread of pay day loan shops and civil society's role in reducing poverty.

There were also speeches from Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council and Lucky Chandrasekera, Chief Executive of London Mutual Credit Union.

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Another step forward on the long, long road to fair credit

David Barclay, Faith in Public Life Officer at the Contextual Theology Centre, and organiser on the Citizens UK Just Money campaign writes:

This is the day that many thought would never come. It is now almost five years since a group of churches, mosques and synagogues in the civil society alliance Citizens UK began to call for a re-introduction of anti-usury laws to stop people being exploited by excessive interest rates. Today, finally, plans have been announced for a total cost of credit cap.

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Redbridge Citizens Tackling Street Drinking in Ilford

Moved by the stories of street drinking in Ilford and inspired by other stories of success in taking action against street drinking by Nottingham Citizens, Redbridge Citizens had its first meeting last night to tackle this major issue.

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Citizens UK supports ShareAction petition calling on Tesco to pay its staff the Living Wage

ShareAction has launched an online petition asking Tesco, the UK’s biggest private sector employer, to commit to paying staff a Living Wage. The petition, already supported by almost 4,000 people, will be delivered to the Tesco board at its AGM in London on 27th June.

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Homes for Haringey becomes a Living Wage Employer

We are proud to announce that Homes for Haringey, the arms-length management organisation managing 21,000 council homes in the borough, is now an accredited London Living Wage employer. Homes for Haringey has joined over 200 employers from across London in signing up to the London Living Wage accreditation scheme, led by the Living Wage Foundation. The London Living Wage plaque was presented by local school children from the Willow Primary School and the Brook Special Primary School, both in Tottenham. The presentation was an opportunity for the young students to meet Homes for Haringey’s Managing Director, Andrew Billany, and to learn about and discuss the benefits of a local employer like Homes for Haringey paying the London Living Wage.

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Commission into Hate Crime launched: Nottingham Citizens demand that there be “No Place for Hate”

Campaigning alliance Nottingham Citizens on Monday launched an independent civic inquiry into hate crime in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. A team of six leading Citizen Commissioners were appointed to conduct the deepest piece of research into hate crime across the county to date, in what will be the largest piece of peer led research into hate crime in the UK.

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End to child detention written into UK law

On May 14th 2014, Citizens UK saw its first ever national win being written into UK law, as the Immigration Act received Royal Assent. This reflects the progress that the government has made since 2010 in ending the practice of locking up innocent children with their families in removal centres such as Yarl’s Wood. Prior to 2010, over a thousand such children a year were being detained in prison-like conditions.

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Ealing Citizens Push Councillors to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

On Wednesday 14th May, in front of over 250 members and guests of West London Citizens at the Ealing Citizens Accountability Assembly in a packed hall at William Perkin C of E School, Cllrs Julian Bell and David Millican, the Labour and Conservative candidates for leader of the council pledged to support the West London Citizens social care campaign in all respects save one. They refused to commit to paying all council contracted care workers the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour.

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Islington Citizens ask Arsenal to help them be proud of their winning team

Members of Islington Citizens were proud and excited that their local football club, Arsenal FC had not only reached the FA Cup final, but had won after 9 years in waiting! On Sunday 18th May, as the Cup, players and WAGs were paraded on an open-top bus through the streets of Islington to a richly deserved Town Hall reception, members urged Arsenal once again to do the right thing – pay the Living Wage to third party contractors.

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