Hidden in the budget: We face the longest fall in living standards for 60 years

Now the numbers have been crunched from Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget the brutal truth beneath the honeyed words about the end of austerity has come out, Writes John Rees
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Distance lends disenchantment: Austerity as seen from America

While Theresa May is busy trying to convince us all that austerity is over the view from America is not so rosy.
The New York Times can see plainly what the Tory government (and so much of the British media) cannot see: austerity is killing communities the length and breadth of the land.


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North East bearing the Brunt of Tory Austerity

Is austerity over?
Take a walk around Newcastle city centre and the huge increase in rough sleepers and homelessness is palpable. And Newcastle West End foodbank, which opened in March 2013, has grown to be the largest foodbank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people last year in one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the North East Writes Tony Dowling for People's Assembly - North East


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Hammond’s ‘trick or treat’ Budget shouldn’t fool anyone

The Tory Chancellor’s latest Budget has not ended austerity, although the Tory press and the BBC will probably repeat the propaganda tricks from Conservative Party HQ claiming ‘it is coming to an end’.  
The reality is the Tories have presided over the longest falling in living standards since Victorian times. Even Hammond forecasts only miserably low growth over the next 5 years. This Budget does nothing fundamental to reverse that.


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Powerhouse or Doss house? The Tories' Plan for Manchester

The imposition of austerity measures as a neoliberal response to the crisis of 2008 has had multiple effects, not least upon the industrial north, which was already reeling from the effects of Thatcherism, in particular due to the loss of its industrial base Writes Martin Hall from Manchester People's Assembly


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Send a message of solidarity to the Glasgow Women's strike

The magnificent Glasgow women's strike has witnessed picket line scenes that we haven't seen for many years.
The 8,000 care, school, and catering workers, members of the GMB and Unison, have marched, protested and picketed in huge numbers, numbers which clearly exceed the limits placed on unions by the Tory anti-union laws.


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Donny fights low pay and precarious jobs

Austerity has hit Doncaster hard. When the 2008 crash hit Doncaster was already in a critical condition. Manufacturing jobs had largely disappeared and the Blair-Brown years had seen the imposition of a mayoral system to ‘fast-track change’. That ominous phrase had meant cuts and privatisations to such an extent that this solid Labour town voted for an English Democrat mayor. In 2008 Doncaster needed social investment, we got austerity.. Writes Mick Wattam from Doncaster People's Assembly


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