People's Assembly Press Release
Wednesday 19 March
For immediate use
Today protests will take place across the country demanding an alternative to Osborne's austerity budget.
In less than 48 hours thousands of people have signed the 'Petition for a People's Budget' which was launched on Monday night.
The Petition will be handed into Downing Street tonight, as part of the London wide protest, at 6pm.
Caroline Lucas MP, Owen Jones, Dot Gibson (National Pensioners Convention), Aaron Keily (National Union of Students), Sam Fairbairn (People's Assembly), Steve Turner (Unite the Union), John Mcinally (PCS) and Lindsey German (Stop the War) will hand in the petition and address the protest.
What: Protest for a People's Budget
When: 6pm, Wednesday 19 March
Where: Downing Street
Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly Against Austerity, said:
"Osborne's so called recovery has confirmed what we said all along: the government was using the crisis as an excuse to dismantle the welfare state and restructure society to benefit the rich.
The Budget today will demonstrate further that it's getting better for some at the top, while austerity and falling living standards remain for us at the bottom.
The popularity of the Petition for a People's Budget has shown the growing anger in society and is an indication that people are prepared to take action. We'll be a constant thorn in the side to any government that remains addicted to austerity."
Notes to editors:
- The Petition for a People's Budget can be found here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/peoplespetition
- Nationwide protests are taking place. Full details can be found here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/budget_day
- The People's Assembly Against Austerity is a broad coalition of Trade Unions, campaigns, community groups and individuals who oppose government austerity.