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“Over the past month we have seen the government and its supporters try to convince us that its austerity policies have been vindicated. In reality the economy has grown at an annual rate of just 0.6% in 3 years of austerity – less than one-quarter of previous trend growth.
The government’s unjust, undemocratic austerity agenda is failing. From real-term funding cuts for the NHS, wages for teachers frozen, nearly a million young people unemployed, huge funding cuts to local government, the unfair ‘bedroom tax’ ripping people’s lives apart and over a million people forced onto zero hour contracts; the austerity misery list is endless.
Austerity means those that did not create the financial collapse will have to continue paying for it.
Austerity moves the wealth of ordinary people into the pockets of the richest in society.
In Ashford alone the bedroom tax means 573 families will have their housing benefit cut by 14%, and an additional 152 families will see 25% cut in their support.
The launch of the Ashford People’s Assembly Against Austerity will provide a voice for all who are saying NO to austerity. We especially welcome all those normally left out by politics and all those affected by the cuts to take part.
Launched in London on 22 June when over 4,500 anti-cuts activists from across Britain met to build a ‘People’s Assembly Against Austerity’, the Ashford People’s Assembly will bring together all those campaigning against the cuts with Trades Unions, Trades Councils and campaign groups to unite and strengthen our movement.
[Our next aim is to protest in Ashford town centre against the bedroom tax and call on Ashford Borough Council to refuse to evict any tenants who cannot pay. For more information, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page Ashford People’s Assembly
The protest against legal loan sharks on Saturday the 7th September in Ashford, Kent will run as follows:
1:30 – 2:30 – We assemble and protest outside ‘The Money Shop’ on Bank Street.
2:30 – 3:00 – We move our protest to outside ‘Pickwick Pawnbrokers’ on the High Street.
3:00 – 4:00 – We move our protest down the High Street to outside ‘Cheque Centre’.
We are very grateful for everyone who comes along, but please respect the following advice from the police: we should not obstruct any highways, nor use swear words. If possible, we have been asked to avoid naming specific companies on placards or in chants.
We hope to see you tomorrow to make it known that pay day loans are immoral and unacceptable in 2013! We look forward to seeing you with your banners and enthusiasm!
Ashford People’s Assembly.
At lunchtime disabled protesters and supporters began to gather outside four government building, all of which are culpable for creating the vicious regime that currently exists for disabled people. Crowds of people met outside the departments of Health, Education, Transport and Climate Change to protest against soaring heating bills, increased segregation in education, inaccessible and unaffordable public transport and cuts to social care budgets and healthcare.
At the Department of Education several people briefly blocked the door as a request was made for people to be allowed entry, or for a Minister to come and address the protest which focused on the increasing segregation of disabled children in foundation schools in particular. Shamefully not one person from the Department of Education could…
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Please come to our second organising meeting, 10th September 19:30 in a location in Singleton: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376698552554932/
The next meeting for Ashford People’s Assembly against Austerity will take place on the 10th September at 19:30.
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Ashford People’s Assembly are teaming up with Folkestone People’s Assembly to protest against legal loan sharks.
In an age of austerity with falling wages, the rise of zero hours contracts and the biggest drop in living standards for a generation, legal loan sharks are praying on the most vulnerable and pushing people even further into poverty.
This is a direct result of cynical government policy, so please join us at Bank Street in Ashford, Kent on Saturday 7th September at 1.30 pm! We will then walk around the town to protest against the issue outside shops which deal in pay day loans.
Please bring along your banners and placards!
For the facebook event, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/648190448533052/
For more information from the People’s Assembly and for other similar events, please visit thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/event/take-action-against-legal-loan-sharks/
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