Michael Gove, his replacement Nicky Morgan and Labour’s Andrew Adonis have claimed for nearly 10 years that converting schools to academies drives up standards. Earlier this summer, the Education and Adoption Bill began its passage through Parliament. According to Nicky Morgan, the Bill will target ‘coasting schools’ and identify any that are ‘failing to push every child to reach their potential’.Read more
Why should climate campaigners be involved in the battle against austerity? We are as likely as anyone else to be moved by the plight of disabled people whose support is being slashed, or to campaign to protect our NHS. But austerity is also taking us in the wrong direction in another fight. A fight that involves everyone on the planet and places our generation at a tipping point in human history: the last-ditch attempt to avoid catastrophic climate change.Read more
Author of the Freedom of Information request into benefit deaths explains the horror of the 'Work Capability Assessment'
It comes as a bit of a shock to realise that people are dying because of government policy. Sometimes it takes a while to sink in. I'm sure that's what happened in any country when government policy causes deaths.Read more
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a volunteer with Norfolk SEND Partnership, and have been for the last seventeen years. I work mostly in the west of the Norfolk region.
I work with parents of children with Special Educational Needs, and as such many of these children cannot cope with mainstream school environments. They are either permanently excluded or simply refuse to attend school.
On Thursday, 25 June 2015, The Times published an article by David Aaronovitch claiming "anti-austerity groupies aren't helping anyone".
Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly gives his response:
David Aaronovitch claims the organisers of the anti-austerity protests don't care about the victims of austerity. He seems more concerned about my personal appearance and the way I deliver a speech. This is irrelevant to the argument and suggests to me David hasn't got a coherent one himself.Read more
The People's Assembly was featured in NME. We've gotten too big to ignore!
After last Saturday's protests against Tory cuts in London, supported by everyone from Super Furry Animals and Primal Scream to Charlotte Church, what now? Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of The People's Assembly, explains why the protests need to continue...Read more