The People’s Assembly Against Austerity has raised the game in the fight against cuts. But one event in London does not a movement make. It’s time for the People’s Assembly movement to spread to every city, town and village in the country.
There have already been local assemblies in Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield and other towns and cities and all have been resoundingly successful. So I know what you’re thinking, you want to run one in your town. Here’s some guidance based on the experience of local assemblies so far. It’s far from exhaustive but it’s a start.
The public sector in the UK is under attack across the board. Tuition fees and marketisation in Higher Education, the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance in Further Education, moves towards privatising parts of the NHS, the transformation of schools into academies, cuts in disability benefits, the list could go on.