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How community organising can help shape local health services

The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) welcomed the invitation to work with Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to identify priority issues that the Newham CCG Board will be considering as part of its 2019/2020 budget. This presented an opportunity for TELCO's 86 multi-faith, multi-cultural member institutions - boasting of a reach of over 100,000 people across East London - to look at the role that anchor institutions and local community leadership can play in shaping the commissioning process for health services.

Read the full blog to access the full report on how TELCO's partnership with Newham CCG lead to the first ever participatory budgeting exercise in the NHS.

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April 2019 Nottingham Citizens Newsletter

Our Accountability Assembly that we were planning to hold on Thursday 25 April will now take place instead on Wednesday 26 June at Trent Vineyard. The Nottingham Citizens leadership group felt it was prudent to postpone the event until after the Nottingham City Council election when the Councillors who will form the Council’s new political leadership team will be known.

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The benefits of membership in the words of Nottingham Citizens institutions

Leaders from Nottingham Citizens' broad-based alliance of community groups rooted in civic society locally explain how their organisations have benefited from becoming dues-paying members of Nottingham Citizens, a community organising Chapter of Citizens UK.

 

 

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Newham Civil Society Youth Commission publish report

Representatives from schools, universities and community groups across Newham came together to set up a Civil Society Youth Commission in response to the rise in youth violence in the Borough to investigate holistic solutions to the multi-faceted causes of youth violence.

Read the report to learn how Newham Citizens applied the method of community organising to identify solutions 'from the bottom up' that place communities at the heart of the response. The report also puts forward recommendations to Newham Council, Newham Police and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group on issues ranging from street safety to education and the relationship between police and young people.

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Revealed: extent of Home Office profiteering on child citizenship fees

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration ‘disappointed’ by lack of attention to 'question of basic fairness' from Home Office, as investigation into immigration and citizenship fees published.

  • Key recommendations: the inspector recommends a full review of the fee waiver process, including, considering scrapping all child immigration fees for those who can’t afford it; refunding the profit (surplus) of failed citizenship applications; and for ministers to make public vital information on the negative social and equality impact the fees policy is causing [see notes to editor]
  • David Bolt, Inspectorate of Borders and Immigration, said: The Home Office has said that it will “carefully consider” my recommendations “in the context of the next Spending Review”. I am disappointed that the Home Office does not recognise that this is a question of basic fairness, which should not have to wait on discussions with the Treasury about the department’s future funding.”
  • Home Office charges are driving thousands of parents into overwork, debt and even skipping meals to save for the fees. Without documents, young people face being shut out of university, job opportunities and are unable to build a life in the only country they know.
  • An FOI (Freedom of Information) request by charity Citizens UK reveals the Home Office is making £2 million a month profit from charging children for citizenship, with around 40,000 children estimated to be affected [1]. Citizens UK joined charities, schools and Universities in welcoming the news that some elements of the charges will be looked at, but criticised the Home Office rejection of a wider review, and urged ministers to urgently meet charities and families affected to discuss ending the punitive charges harming families.

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How our school called on London City Airport to become a real Living Wage employer – and won!

Blog by Miss Yvonne Wade, Acting Deputy Head at St Antony’s Primary School, a member institution of Newham Citizens.

It’s not often that you hear of primary schools in “deprived” areas having the power to convince large employers, such as major transport hubs, to give their lowest paid staff a pay-rise. So how did we do it? 

St Antony’s pupils and staff meet with an Airport representative

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COMMONWEALTH DAY; Celebrating our diversity and fighting for citizenship

 

Commonwealth Day was celebrated across the world on March 11th with calls for unity, friendship and partnership. Leaders from Children into Citizens, our youth-led campaign to break down the barriers to children becoming British citizens, had their own celebration in The Houses of Parliament. 

Shortly after the Home Office announced that child citizenship fees would be frozen this year, over 40 children with heritage from Commonwealth countries from across our membership celebrated the diversity of the UK and highlighted the barriers that still stand for children like them to fully pursue their dreams of belonging, security and education.

An estimate of 40,000 children a year across the country are forced to pay £1,012 to be legally British despite most of them being born and brought up in the UK. Almost half of these children have roots in Commonwealth countries.

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Waltham Forest Safety Commission calls for dedicated youth workers in schools to help reduce exclusions as one solution to rising violence on London’s streets

Waltham Forest Citizens Safety Commission has launched the findings of its 1,200 strong borough listening campaign. One of the main recommendations is a pilot scheme dedicated youth workers in Waltham Forest schools to stage early interventions with troubled children and help reverse cuts to youth and children’s services.

Read the report here.

 

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City Airport joins Living Wage Movement

Newham Citizens celebrate as major local employer City Airport goes London Living Wage, joining West Ham, and London Stadium in paying all staff and contractors the higher rate of £10.55 an hour

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Darren Worsnop of Leeds Trinity University explains their Living Wage journey

Following his interview with Calum Carson, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University has spoken to the University's head of HR Systems and Projects Darren Worsnop to discuss their journey to gaining Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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