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Redbridge Citizens: 2018 Impact

In the last year Redbridge Citizens alliance has worked really to build power and momentum on a number of significant campaigns. We trained leaders on 121 conversations, we engaged with over 4 Cabinet Members, 10 local councillors, Head of Regeneration, Head of Education Services, Head of Procurement, CEO of the Council, Senior Council officers, and local MPs. Click here to find out more.

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Waltham Forest: 2018 Impact

It's been a busy year for Waltham Forest Citizens who rebuilt their alliance and set out a new, ambitious plan for change based on the tools of community organising. Read hear to find out more!

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Our new TELCO staff team

In the last year we bid farewell to Yasmin Aktar, Caitlin Harland and Andre Demushi. These colleagues left a lasting legacy of organising and social justice. Learn about their contribution to TELCO and meet our new Organisers!

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TELCO ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS 2018

TELCO’s Annual Meeting and Awards event was a powerful moment for reflection, celebration, and call to action on important social justice issues for communities in east London. Click to find out more.

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Why all Universities should become Living Wage employers

Read this blog by Dr Suresh T Nesaratnam, Senior Lecturer at The Open University in Milton Keynes, one of the first Universities in the country to become a real Living Wage employer.

Picture from a Citizens UK action at the University of Manchester, calling on the University to become a Living Wage employer.

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Greater Manchester Citizens lay down Living Wage challenge to University of Manchester

Leaders of Greater Manchester Citizens are taking action today to call on the University of Manchester to join others in the region in paying a real Living Wage.

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It's Ordinary People Who Are Campaigning For, And Winning, A Living Wage

Read this article, originally posted in the Huffington Post, by one of our Community Organisers about how low paid workers should not lose hope - workers can find allies in their communities and organise with us to get more employers paying the real Living Wage. 

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65 senior faith leaders call for a real Living Wage in Sunday Times

Today 65 religious leaders including senior figures from the Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Churches, Masorti, Reform and Liberal Jewish movements and the Muslim Council of Britain published a letter in the Sunday Times backing the real Living Wage and citing concern at low pay and in-work poverty “which is damaging family life, and robbing future generations of a secure and stable home.”

The letter comes as celebrations are planned with 4700 employers who are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, which oversees the real Living Wage rate (currently £8.75) and the London Living Wage (currently £10.20) which are set to rise tomorrow in line with the real cost of Living. The new rates will be announced by the Living Wage Foundation in coordinated ceremonies in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Cardiff tomorrow with hundreds of business, faith, political and charity leaders who are part of the real Living Wage movement.

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Citizens are made not born; putting democracy into action

Neil Jameson CBE; former Executive Director and Founder of Citizens UK recently gave a speech for the Allen Lane Memorial Lecture 2018 on the vision, history of UK community organising and contemporary experience. Extracts of his speech are below and you can read his full speech here 

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Government contract workers should get a real Living Wage

Many thousands of workers employed on our public money don't get a real Living Wage. The Government should go further than the minimum wage and follow the lead of employers like us. Read this blog by Tim Thorlby, Managing Director at Clean for Good and Matt Parfitt, Founder of Radiant Cleaners.

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