2014: a year of resistance

The austerity consensus is starting to break and that's only because of the tireless efforts of everyone on the ground across the country.


Here's a review of what's been happening over the past year, obviously not every action or event is listed here, it's just designed to give a snapshot. Please do keep sending in your events, actions and reports to the People's Assembly office.


2015 presents us with a real chance to break through and we're planning a whole series of actions. Get involved in your local People's Assembly group and "lets make 2015 the year we break austerity"!


Ashford outside Boots in demo against tax avoidance in solidarity stunt with UK Uncut.


Artists Against Austerity  is launched. August


Autumn statement action outside Downing Street makes the front page of the Independent

newspaper. December

Barnet supports  Our West Hendon against private developers.

Birmingham greets Tory Party Conference with Hard-Up Festival. September


Brent People’s Assembly launch meeting. October.


Bridgend delivers over 1000 signatures in petition to Welsh Assembly Members

in opposition to cuts across Wales. November

Brighton People’s Assembly members present their new deal for Brighton and Hove to

a Brighton and Hove council meeting. October

Bristol hosts “The People vs Austerity” panel discussion and film screening, with over

100 people attending. May

Calderdale organise a “Scrooge Walk” in Halifax, highlighting tax dodgers on the High

Street. December

Cambridge organises solidarity action against TTIP with 38 Degrees,

World Development Movement and Keep Our NHS Public. December

Cardiff rallies against the Bedroom Tax outside City Hall. February

Coventry and Warwickshire supports PCS members’ walkout to support

reinstatement of former branch chair, Sofia Azam, at Ofqual. March

Derby witnesses Osborne wish everyone a very Austerity Xmas, in town centre. December

Doncaster People’s Assembly hosts Doncaster fights back in support of Care UK strikers.


Dorset illustrates that Osborne’s austerity programme is failing. December

Dundee activist,Raymond Mennie, on BBC People’s Question Time, Dundee,

February watch here

East London  publicising the No More Austerity march. May

Fenland runs Accessibility Demo,complete with city tour in wheelchairs. December


Fife hold Decent Work, Dignified Life Event. November

Focus E15 campaign continues blocking the eviction of single mums from

Carpenters Estate, Stratford East London.

Gateshead push to save Dunston Activity Centre. November

Hackney hosts meeting on local housing crisis. November

Hampshire show support to co-workers facing pay-cuts at Care UK’s

Southampton Office. June

Hull rises against Museum Closures with broad union support. June

Leicester supports Frack Free Leicestershire camp.October

Luton builds momentum for Britain Needs a Pay Rise Demo with “Austerity Uncovered”

double-decker bus. July

Manchester  says No to the Bedroom Tax. April

Merseyside welcome a full-house at anti-cuts public rally. June

Newport supports No to NATO demo. September


New Era estate campaigners take on asset management firm, Westbrook Partners and

block the take over of their homes. January.

Norfolk support mass stunt against privatisation of student debt action, at University

of East Anglia on national day of action.

North London backs fire fighters against station closures. January

North Staffordshire occupy and achieve victory in campaign to stop privatisation of

Cancer Care and End of Life Services in the region. October

North East region hold their second regional People’s Assembly meeting with over 300


Nottingham sends full coaches to the People’s March for the NHS. September

Oxford Stand Up for Education on the streets in mass march and rally. March

Pembrokeshire support Wales Stop Austerity Cuts demo

Sheffield show support for new travel deal as part of South Yorkshire Freedom riders

Campaign. June

South East London make some noise about national TUC demo: Britain Needs A

Pay Rise. October

South London backs strikers at Lambeth College as supporters collect over £30,000 for

solidarity hardship fund. July

Southampton join UNITE Community Branch in rally outside City Council over

restoration of local Disabled Bus Pass.

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Stand up against Austerity  Over 2,500 attend the People’s Assembly comedy gig at

Hammersmith Apollo. July

Suffolk outside the office of Ben Gummer, MP, in support of striking workers. October

Sunderland stage ATOS demonstration in city centre on national day of action.


Swindon send Cameron a Christmas Card, containing personal struggles and concerns

from across the town. December

Teeside activists organise protest over benefit sanctions in town centre. December

People’s Assembly groups and supporters from around the country join the TUC Britain needs a

pay rise march. October

Waltham Forest protests against evictions and the bedroom tax.

video of a protest outside Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency office, Chingford


People’s assembly national demonstration has over 50,000 protesters gathering outside BBC HQ in

Portland Place and marches to Parliament Square. June

Public sector workers strike draws support from across the country. July

Wrexham trade union members put on a Workfare Walk of Shame. December 2013

York pushes for new review of youth services by local Council. November

Students Assembly Against Austerity co-organise Free Education demonstration. November

Scotland Ricky Tomlinson speaks at the launch meeting. February

Shropshire mobilises huge numbers in Defend Our NHS Campaign. March

South Tyneside celebrate 66th Birthday of the NHS in Jarrow

St Albans march to Edmonton as part of the People’s March for the NHS. September

Thanet demonstration against Atos. February

The People’s Flotilla coordinates boat actions with canal users across the country

West London stages die-in to save Hammersmith and Charring Cross Hospitals, and travel

to meet NHS marchers in Red Lion Square. September.

West Yorkshire orchestrate action against NHS Privatisation in Leeds.

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