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Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG pledges to end gap in mental health services for young people

On Wednesday 14th May, local university student Sophina Khan won pledges from the Chair of a city Clinical Commissioning Group ensuring all young people will get access to mental health services. Sophina shared her powerful story of what it was like as a young person in care trying to get mental health treatment. She spoke in front of a packed Mount Zion Conference Centre in Aston where 428 people from communities across Birmingham gathered at the Public Assembly of Citizens UK: Birmingham – an alliance of schools, churches, mosques, trade unions and community groups.

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Council candidates commit to action on youth, crime and jobs at Lambeth Assembly

On Wednesday 14th May, candidates from Lambeth’s 3 main political parties agreed to the work with Lambeth Citizens on a range of community issues ahead of next week’s local elections. In front of an audience of 200 local residents, Cllr Lib Peck (Labour)Cllr Alex Davies (Liberal Democrats) and Graham Pycock (Conservatives) committed to specific proposals on crime, jobs and youth opportunities, developed after a 6 month Listening Campaign.

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Mayoral Candidates Agree to Brighten Up Tower Hamlets

Last night, Thursday 8th May, three of Tower Hamlets’ mayoral candidates joined each other on stage, in front of over 400 members of Tower Hamlets Citizens’ (local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK), to respond to their people’s manifesto asks ahead of the borough’s hotly contested election on May 22nd.

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Three Candidates for Leader of Redbridge Council Agree to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

Last night, 6 May 2014, at the first ever Redbridge Citizens Accountability Assembly, three candidates for leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Keith Prince (Conservative), Cllr Ian Bond (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Wes Streeting (on behalf of Cllr Jas Athwal - Labour), agreed to work with Redbridge Citizens to move the Redbridge Council from 80% to 100% compliant with the Citizens UK Social Care Charter. This would make Redbridge the first London Conservative borough to become fully compliant.

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Both candidates for leader of Croydon Council agree to pay Living Wage

Last night, 30th April 2014, at the Croydon Citizens Accountability Assembly, both candidates for leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Mike Fisher and Cllr Tony Newman, agreed to accredit the council as a Living Wage Employer. Should Cllr Fisher become leader of the council, this would make Croydon the first London Conservative borough to become a  Living Wage Employer.

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Southwark Council Candidates Commit to Community Land Trust

Over 170 Southwark residents, who are members of Southwark Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, came together at William Booth Training College this week to hold local politicians to account and present them with their People's Manifesto ahead of the borough elections in May.

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Croydon Citizens ‘cross’ at dangerous road: Community alliance calls for longer green man at unsafe crossing

Community leaders from Croydon Citizens took action on Sunday to highlight a dangerous pedestrian crossing in Thornton Heath.

The leaders, dressed in green, crossed the road between Tesco and Superdrug on Brigstock Road in Thornton Heath behind elderly and disabled peers to show how difficult it is to get across safely before the green man turns red.

The leaders held banners saying ‘give us time to cross’ and ‘stay green for longer’ in an attempt to send a clear message to Transport for London (TfL) who are responsible for all traffic lights and crossings in Croydon.

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Southwark Citizens come together and act on the issue of child destitution

In Southwark many children are living in poverty, going to school after having a night of sleep on somebody else’s couch and going without basics such as warm clothes, toys and food. Southwark Citizens, a local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, have come together to offer immediate support to these children and their families and launched the first Southwark Baby Bank Lunch on Friday 4th April at the Salvation Army in Camberwell Green.

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