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Rallies across Britain call for a people's budget

Across Britain marches, rallies and festivals will take place demanding a people's budget for Britain.

Thousands are set to protest against George Osborne's Budget today as part of a national day of action called by the People's Assembly.

Across Britain marches, rallies and festivals will take place demanding a people's budget for Britain.

People's Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn warned that the Chancellor "will be announcing another round of cuts and privatisation, demonstrating that despite the so-called recovery the government remains committed to dismantling the welfare state and all gains working people have fought for."

Among other measures the People's Assembly has called for the implementation of the living wage, rent controls, the creation of green jobs, more affordable housing and taxes on empty properties and bankers' bonuses.

It has also called for the government to consider putting the £100 billion Trident nuclear missile replacement programme on the chopping block.

Manchester activist Penny Hicks, who has been preparing for a full day of activities across the city centre, said: "We haven't even seen the full impact of last year's cuts, let alone the ones to be announced.

"The Greater Manchester area has suffered immensely."

Mr Fairbairn said that the incredible success of a petition for a people's budget, with 2,000 signatures on the first day, show the strength of opposition to Con-Dem austerity.

Poverty levels have soared since the coalition came to power, with ballooning food, rent and energy costs and frozen salaries crushing households.

"This is the year that we have the opportunity to give the knockout blow to this weak government," Mr Fairbairn said.

"After today we all need to make sure the People's Assembly national demonstration on June 21 is massive."


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