Agenda for the December CPA meeting

Wednesday 6 December / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our December meeting tonight, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list last week.

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Minutes of the November CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our November meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 December at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Christmas Crisis Carols.


Captain Ska, the band behind this summer’s viral smash hit Liar Liar GE2017, (a scathing attack on Theresa May and her government released just before the General Election), have today announced they’ll be joining the race for the Christmas charts with their new track Sons and Daughters.

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Big Winter Foodbank Collection - Report


Foodbanks around the country are sending in their thanks to our local People's Assembly groups for incredible generosity and hard work on our Big Winter Foodbank Collection. 

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UK faces longest fall in living standards since records began


The UK is on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began in the 1950s, as analysis shows 
Philip Hammond’s budget will drive up inequality.

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Britain Hungry for Change


PILES of food were displayed outside Downing Street today on the eve of the Tories’ Budget to show the effects of the government’s public funding cuts. 

The People's Assembly Against Austerity bought the huge collection of food and women's sanitary items, which will be donated to foodbanks. It also carried out protests across the country, encouraging those attending to bring donations with them.

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Activists donate to food bank in protest at Universal Credit and pay caps

Cambridge anti-austerity activists will donate a car bootful of goods to Cambridge City Foodbank, in protest at the winter food crisis they are concerned will follow the Conservative government's rollout of the Universal Credit benefit (meant to replace six existing means-tested benefits) and at the public sector pay cap.

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A letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

One of the cruellest effects of the austerity programme pursued by the coalition and Conservative governments since 2010 has been the surge in the number of us who turn in destitution to food banks. In 2008/9, the Trussell Trust provided 29,000 emergency food supplies; in 2016/17, it provided 1.2 million.

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Scrap the pay cap: Cambridge needs a pay rise

Saturday 18 November / 11.30 a.m. / Parker's Piece, Cambridge CB2

As previously mentioned on our mailing list, Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have called a march tomorrow to demand an end to the public sector pay cap and a £10 minimum wage. We'll assemble at 11.30 to march, then rally at 12.30 at Little St Mary's Church, Trumpington Street, where Richard Allday (Unite), Daniel Zeichner MP, Laurie Heseldon (SERTUC), Lewis Herbert (leader, Cambridge City Council), and Jo Rust (UNISON) will be among the speakers. This one's going to be great!

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