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!

Tories wedded to austerity because of effects not despite them

By Economist Michael Burke

There have been widespread reports of a sharp break from austerity by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Budget on November 22. There has been speculation of big infrastructure spending, tales of large scale investment in housing. It won’t happen.

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How social media can promote equality

Thursday 16 November / 6.30 p.m. / Anglia Ruskin University, Lecture Theatre LAB002, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Tonight the political scientist Helen Margetts (director of the Oxford Internet Institute) will speak and lead a discussion on 'how the UK's social media can be a force for greater equality in the year 2027'. Her talk is part of the imagine2027 series, organized by our friends in The Cambridge Commons. We can book free tickets through Eventbrite.


The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

This article was originally published in the Independent

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Sack the Tories - Protest and Food Collection

Mountain' of foodbank donations to be delivered to Downing Street ahead of the Budget in Universal Credit Protest

Tuesday 21 November
12pm - 1pm: Photo call and interviews opposite Downing Street
6pm - 7:30pm: 'Sack the Tories' protest and speeches, opposite Downing Street

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Trade unions, digital transformations, and power

Wednesday 15 November / 5.15 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

The latest seminar in the series jointly organized by the university staff unions Cambridge UCU and Anglia Ruskin UCU will discuss 'the challenges and opportunities for worker voice in the digital age' – including a case study on the People's Assembly Against Austerity! The sociologist Torsten Geelan (University of Cambridge) will draw on his doctoral research on our campaign for a talk titled, 'The Combustible Mix of Coalitional Power and Digital Media'.

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