Raise the pressure

I hope ... you can look again ... at the balance of the cuts you have insisted upon and wonder if enough has been done to ensure 'we are all in this together'.

The resignation of welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith, in protest at the cuts to remaining disability benefits in last week's budget, set off a war inside the Conservative government. Mr Duncan Smith's conscience wasn't apparently troubled by the unfair work capability assessments his department previously forced on disabled people (or by its bedroom tax, or by the rising numbers driven to food banks by its welfare sanctions) – but regardless of the messenger's credibility, his resignation letter and interviews have brought basic criticisms of Tory austerity to the forefront of every political debate.

The chancellor George Osborne survives in his post for now, and his battered budget was accepted today by the House of Commons, but the rift in the governing party won't be easily closed ahead of the referendum on Britain's EU membership. We have a chance to raise the pressure on the government again, with our national demonstration in just four weeks on Saturday 16 April. There are still seats available on our free, wheelchair-accessible coach: make sure to visit our Eventbrite page to book yours.

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We want to thank the Cambridge and District Trades Council, Cambridge University Unite, and a kind individual for donations in solidarity which will meet part of the cost of our coach.

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  • commented 2016-04-01 11:58:28 +0100
    Hi Pauline, sorry about the late reply. The Norfolk People’s Assembly has organized a coach from Norwich for 16 April, which leaves from outside the Theatre Royal at 9 a.m. You can write to norfolkpeoplesassembly@mail.com to book a seat (include your mobile phone number).
  • commented 2016-03-24 07:21:37 +0000
    IS THERE ANYTHING GOING ON IN norwich that we can support. cheers.

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