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Young people from the Wembley area have undertaken research to reveal shocking pay-gap their parents, some of whom work at the stadium, face and met outside the Stadium to sing Living Wage themed football chants [Watch video]

Campaigners are inviting the Minister for Sport and fans to support call for Chairman Greg Clarke to put forward a plan to implement the real Living Wage at the FA’s next board meeting.

Over 2,000 workers are reported to receive below the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour, with the majority as low as £7.50 an hour with those under 18 earning even less.

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Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham and third most senior Church of England Bishop has released a video in reaction to research by the Living Wage Foundation released today. Bishop Paul calls for more to be done to address in-work poverty by moving to a real Living Wage, pointing out that the benefits bill will go down if employers pay higher wages that are based on the cost of living.

Watch Bishop Paul's video recorded for Citizens UK

“Two thirds of all children living in poverty, across the Country are in families where one or both parents are working... The real impact is felt worst in lone parent families, in families where the child is disabled and in families where they have three or more children... So, to improve the lives of children and families, let’s move to a real Living Wage.”

Research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation shows that a worker on the new government minimum would earn an annual salary worth £1,794 a year less than the real Living Wage, based on what employees and their families need to get by. It would take 33 additional working days to make up this shortfall, the equivalent of working over 6 weeks extra every year. [1]

This additional £1,794 could pay for:

•             More than six months’ food and drink bill for an average household - £1,508

•             Over a year’s average gas and electricity bills - £1,250

•             Almost 3 month’s average rent - £1,738

Read more on the research from the Living Wage Foundation here.

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How people-powered public services can help bring us closer together

Today London Mayor Sadiq Khan is launching his social integration plan from our pioneering project, Parents and Children Together. Will Bibby from Nesta and Sally Gimson from Citizens UK and PACT write about how this mum and dad powered group is making a difference. 

Social integration is determined by how equal a society is, the relationships between different people, and how active people are in the communities in which they live.

With an ageing society, an increasingly diverse population, growing inequality, and rising disenfranchisement with democracy, social integration is rightly high on the agenda. We argue that a model of public services that actively seeks out the expertise, experience, and energy of local people to improve the lives of those around them - what we call people-powered public services - can play a major role to increase social integration.

People-powered public services are well placed to help on all three fronts: supporting people to be active citizens through social action, tackling barriers and inequalities by reaching people who need help the most, and promoting shared experiences by creating trusting relationships - whether that’s to support people living with long-term health conditions, bridge the generational divide, or support parents help their child’s development


Today, the Mayor of London launched his Social Integration Strategy at a local MumSpace in Southwark - where he set out his plan to connect Londoners from all walks of life and announced a new £600k London Family Fund to back innovative projects that bring families closer together.

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Millions of working women face financial insecurity, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation and the Fawcett Society for International Women's Day


Many women on low pay face stark choices, with nearly half (43%) have less than £100 saved, too little to cover a financial emergency.

A poll of women earning below the real Living Wage, conducted by Survation, found that of working women paid less than the real Living Wage of £10.20 an hour in London, and £8.75 outside of London (a quarter of all working women):

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

"The precariousness of life for women earning little more than the government minimum shows the need for more employers to take a stand by paying the real Living Wage based on what people need to make ends meet. Our research shows that debt and financial insecurity is widespread for low paid women, with many struggling to save for a rainy day."

Read more about the research at LivingWage.org.uk

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Reducing child poverty must be top priority for Commonwealth Games legacy

Reducing child poverty must be top priority for Commonwealth Games legacy


Alliance of Birmingham schools, Universities and businesses call for Commonwealth Games venues to pay a real Living Wage to beat child poverty

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International Women's Day 2018: Q&A with champion of Living Wage movement Bernie Harris

With more than 20 years' community organising experience in East London, Bernie Harris  (pictured on right in blue celebrating the recent West Ham Living Wage accreditation) was and still is instrumental in championing rights on issues that affect women and families.


To mark International Women's Day, Katy Davies from our communications team caught up with Bernie to ask her questions around why we need to celebrate women and how equal can women be in UK society?

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Parent power! Community Organising for better access to higher education

Check out the new video on Parent Power, our fantastic parental engagement programme run in partnership with King's College London Widening Participation department.

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Parent Power is a group of mums and dads from South London. They are learning about the education system and how to give their kids the best chance of going to university and have had training and information provided to them by King's College London and expert speakers.

They are also taking power into their own hands, organising their own campaigns and breaking down barriers to access elite universities.

Our involvement in the programme is about giving parents the power and tools that come with the Citizens UK method of community organising. The programme enables them to improve the chances of their own children accessing higher education as well as tackling wider educational inequality in their communities. So far they've won fully funded open days to universities and 90% bursaries in private summer schools. The parents are also running campaigns on other barriers to accessing university including the cost and quality of private tuition and the huge application fees for British Citizenship.  

After securing the funded open day to Cambridge University especially for their group, the parents parents were featured on Sky News, the BBC and in The Times newspaper,.

For more information contact James.Asfa@citizensuk.org

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School assembly 'house of horrors' takes aim at rogue landlords

School children from St Ignatius Primary School today held an assembly asking the Cabinet Member for Environment at Haringey Council - Cllr Peter Mitchell - to adopt Selective Landlord Licensing in the borough on Friday.

This is after the school, as part of Haringey Citizens, heard countless stories of children and parents struggling with terrible conditions in the private rented sector and of landlords refusing to carry out basic repairs such as fixing heating, electricity, broken appliances, and damp - whilst also refusing to deal with vermin.

20180302_102011.jpgChildren from St Ignatius Primary School with researchers from UCL, Generation Rent and Citizens UK


The school children were at the centre of the research project and decided to build a dolls house to illustrate the problems they had heard from the community.

One family have gone months without heating, with this week one of the coldest on record. Despite numerous attempts to complain to his landlord - his landlord has refused to fix the problem

London Citizens is backing their fight for tougher Landlord Licensing in the Borough to tackle rogue landlords who are causing misery to young families.



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Our February 2018 newsletter

This month's newsletter includes the latest on the arrangements for our accountability assembly at the Albert Hall on 10 May and updates on our current streams of work.

Read the Nottingham Citizens February 2018 newsletter now.

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James' Story


Last year, James Adekitan took part in the Pathways to Creative Industries programme which the Good Jobs Campaign run each year with three schools and colleges across London. James was a student at Sir George Monoux College. He was one of two who were offered a Living Wage paid internship at creative advertising agency, Wieden + Kennedy, for a duration of one month. Since, James has been accepted onto a Graphic Design course at Nottingham Trent University and we have the highest of hopes for his future success!




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