The People's Assembly are set to mobilise tens of thousands for a major demonstration in London following George Osborne's Budget for the rich, as his plans included cuts to support for disabled people while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy.

There was very little good news in the Budget for ordinary people while big business and the wealthy will be laughing all the way to the bank, with further cuts to an already low level of Corporation Tax and a drop in Business Rates.
The Chancellor's claims that spending on schools and hospitals has increased were also exposed as fantasy as the NHS faces a funding squeeze in the biggest financial crisis in the history of the health service ,while an ideologically driven Tory government runs rampant in its plans to break-up public services.
Local Authorities are also bearing the brunt of the Tory cuts as an out of touch Chancellor promised to axe an extra £3.5 billion from public spending in 2019/20.
People's Assembly National Secretary Sam Fairbairn slammed Osborne's Budget saying:
'Another budget for the rich from George Osborne that does nothing to address people's real concerns. When the government decides to dramatically cut disabled people's benefits yet can afford more tax breaks for corporations and high earners you can see where their priority lies. They've had to admit that growth is slower than predicted so when will they admit that austerity has failed? 
The Tories are increasingly out of touch with the reality of life for most people. Everytime they say 'we all in it together' it's another slap round the face of millions of people. We're now seeing the potential for big unrest across the country and it wont be long until this government face a movement for change they can't control. 
This is why we believe that the demonstration for 'Health, Homes, Jobs and Education' in London on April 16th will be significant as the anti-austerity movement and opposition to Tory cuts grows and thousands take to the streets.'
The demonstration is supported by a wide range of organisations and individuals including the TUC, Unite, UNISON, NUT, Green Party, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Charlotte Church, Jeremy Hardy, Francesca Martinez and more...   

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  • Lisa Harris
    commented 2016-04-19 06:53:00 +0100
    It’s great put out with some good content and significance as a positive experience. Thanks
  • Robert Williams-Findlay
    commented 2016-03-17 13:15:14 +0000
    While I fully condemn the Tory attacks as outlined here in the People’s Assembly’s statement, I feel somewhat betrayed by the hypocrisy behind the fine words. As a trade union member and long serving activist within the Disabled People’s Movement I take no pleasure in questioning the commitment of the People’s Assembly towards disabled people’s right to self-determination. I demand to know why Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary, has ignored the Black Country PA motion passed at the National Conference in December which called for liaison between the National PA and disabled people’s organisations. This hasn’t happened, why not?

    As we stand, disabled people have faced the full force of the Tory onslaught over the last five and a half years, but we’ll still having to argue with the likes of the People’s Assembly to take seriously the discriminatory practice within the Labour and Trade Union movements. We are fighting for our survival, so excuse us if we are going less trustworthy of those who claim to be our allies but in truth offer us patronage and tokenism. Disablism is about social restrictions; the current government is the most disablist there has ever been. Disabled people are being battered daily and I believe we have a right to ask Sam Fairbairn and the People’s Assembly – in the words of Billy Bragg – Who’s side are you on? From where we stand, it doesn’t feel as if it’s ours.
  • Eileen Elizabeth West
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-16 19:14:09 +0000

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