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The Living Wage benefits local economies as much as employees

For many years now, Citizens UK leaders have campaigned for more employers to pay the real Living Wage. There are countless benefits for the employees who are paid the real Living Wage instead of the government minimum; employees are paid a fair wage for the work they do, a wage which is vital for employees to keep their heads above water. Read more about the research behind this here.

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Newly announced Government review of hate crime legislation is a win for broad-based organising

On Wednesday 5 September, speaking to the House of Commons, Justice Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced a comprehensive Government review led by the Law Commission into the coverage and approach all hate crime legislation. This important commitment comes as a result of campaigning by Citizens UK leaders in Nottingham, Manchester, Tyne and Wear, London and beyond. Read more to see our full response.

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#MisogynyIShate: a summer of campaigning across Greater Manchester

Sylvie Pope, Citizens UK leader at the University of Manchester, blogs about how Greater Manchester Citizens have led a powerful campaign to classify groping, stalking and other crimes motivated by misogyny as hate crimes - in the region and at a national level.

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Payday lender Wonga goes into administration: Citizens UK reaction

Payday lender Wonga has collapsed into administration this week. In part, this comes as a result of the introduction by law of a cap on the cost of credit which was campaigned for by Citizens UK from 2009 and won in 2015. Read this blog to learn more about this campaign, which helped protect vulnerable people from falling into even greater debt.

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Citizens leaders hold EqualiTeas event with Andrea Leadsom MP

Citizens leaders engaged with Andrea Leadsom MP, the Leader of the House of Commons, over tea and coffee to mark the centenary of some women earning the right to vote and discuss modern day barriers to greater democratic participation, as experienced by our membership.

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5 reasons why my Baptist church joined Citizens UK

Phil Warburton has worked as a Baptist Pastor in the East End of London for 20 years. In this blog he explains why he sees community organising as an integral part of urban ministry. He has recently become a Community Organiser with Citizens UK in Tower Hamlets and continues his work as a Pastor.

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Extortionate child citizenship costs are shutting young people in the UK out of higher education.

Independent research conducted by Citizens UK has revealed that the UK charges children who were born or raised here and who are applying to become British citizens almost ten times more than Spain, France, Belgium and many other EU countries.

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Legal victory on child refugee resettlement: Citizens UK reaction

Safe Passage and supporters of refugee resettlement everywhere today celebrated an important legal victory as the Court of Appeal found that the Government misled the High Court over its decision to refuse the right of child refugees who had been in Calais to join their families in the UK.

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Our response to the Department of Health's green paper on Mental Health

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care published a Green Paper in response to its consultation on mental health provision for children and young people. Mental health has been voted by Citizens UK members as the organisation's top priority. Please see our response to the newly published Green Paper below.

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‘Extend the Welcome’

By Ibby Osman, student at Cathays High School Cardiff

Leaders from Citizens Cymru Wales joined chapters from across the Citizens UK network for the Citizens UK Civil Society Summit in London on 29 June this year. Nirushan Sudarasan, Ibby Osman and Abdi Osman were among the Welsh cohort that traveled up to celebrate Citizens UK’s 30th anniversary, hosted amazingly by Kings College London on the Strand.

It was an amazing and inspiring day with lots of fascinating testimony from so many leaders including a resettled Syrian family from Milton Keynes whose children are flourishing in school. They took to the stage to launch the ‘Extend the Welcome’ campaign – which is all about making sure the UK government continues to resettle refugees once the current programme ends in 2020.

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