As I write this I’m sat in London, in a £6500 a year off-the-books bedsit-box-room with mice and damp that I pay for in cash. And after a £400 deposit and no receipt, I feel I’m earning my stripes for the financially fucked generation of Britons aptly dubbed; ‘generation rent’. Like many 20-somethings around the country, 50 years of service… at minimum wage… for a borrowed bedsit, isn’t much of an incentive for me to play my part in your ‘Big Society’.Read more
Why should climate campaigners be involved in the battle against austerity? We are as likely as anyone else to be moved by the plight of disabled people whose support is being slashed, or to campaign to protect our NHS. But austerity is also taking us in the wrong direction in another fight. A fight that involves everyone on the planet and places our generation at a tipping point in human history: the last-ditch attempt to avoid catastrophic climate change.Read more
The last five years saw “austerity” policies reduce wages across the working class by an average of 10%, and more for the pubic sector workers - the biggest fall in income since Victorian times.
It also saw the acceleration of privatisation and introduction of swingeing cuts that have thrown the Majority of NHS trusts into financial crises, and threatens the existence of the NHS itself. Council budgets have been decimated and services closed or pared back to the bone.Read more
Another five years of Tory government spells another five years of pain - shrinking incomes, zero-hours contracts, attacks on the disabled, privatisation.That's unless we stop them. The Conservative majority means we can't do that in Parliament. We have to do it on the streets and in our communities.Read more
Saturday’s march and demo has the power to unite us, but only if we reach out as never before to those outside left-wing circles. Preaching to the converted is not an option, believes Rev Mike Walsh.Read more
DEVON People’s Assembly Against Austerity, formed in the wake of the recent election, is predicting hundreds of people will turn out for a rally in Exeter’s Northernhay Gardens on Saturday, June 13.Read more
The main hall and galleries of The Church of Christ the Cornerstone were packed for tonight's Milton Keynes Against the Cuts meeting (Wednesday June 3).
The audience continued to cheer throughout the speeches from political commentator and Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Chrsitine Blower, secretary of the National Union of Teachers and Sam Fairbain, national secretary of The People's Assembly.Read more
New People's Assembly volunteer, Michael Gilbert, reports on his experience at the protest of the Queens Speech.Read more
In the aftermath of the Tory win, as the dust settles despondently on Westminster, Britain’s future landscape is beginning to emerge from the foggy vagaries of election promises.
While the founding pillars of British society – family, community, industry and education – buckle ever further under the strain of government policies, the familiar shadow of austerity looms over us all, darkening the lives of those already stuck in the shade.Read more