Swindon People’s Assembly invite you to join them in London on Saturday 16 April for a demonstration starting at 1pm at Gower Street, London NW1 and will proceed to Trafalgar Square, protesting Swindon issues on a national stage.
The People’s Assembly have a coach leaving Chapel Street carpark, Gorsehill at 8.30am.
Kate Linnegar, secretary of Swindon People’s Assembly said “We face a vicious government who prioritise only the richest in society, big business, corporations and banks while the poorest and most vulnerable in our society and public services suffer severe cuts. The richest 1000 families in the UK owned £547bn in 2015, a 112% rise since 2008. They continue to get richer although we are told that we must tighten our belts to balance the books.
“Locally we have seen our children’s centres close, our libraries and Lydiard Park under threat, our leisure centres leased out resulting in the closure of the small pool at the Health Hydro and the loss of our climbing wall. Swindon Borough Council are considering parishes where there are none at present to be able to deliver the services we need.
“They tell us they have no choice as central government cuts local grants and they must come in on budget. We asked them to question the government strategy which aims for a surplus in 2020 of £10 billion which necessitates the £6billion cuts to local councils. David Renard replied, saying that the council stands fully behind the government.
“Last year in London 250,000 people marched to protest against the Austerity cuts. This year we hope even more will attend. The march makes four demands. Health: a fully funded and publicly owned NHS. Homes: hands off social housing, secure homes for all and rent controls. Jobs: a proper living wage for all, an end to zero hours and insecure contracts, scrap the trade union reform bill. Education: scrap tuition fees, end the marketisation of education (academies) and invest in the future.
“It’s well past time we let our local and national representatives know that we are not willing to sit by and watch them destroy lives and communities. These cuts are a political choice not an economic necessity. Everyone is welcome to join us. For anyone who can’t make it, we are also demonstrating at the Civic Offices prior to the cabinet meeting on Thursday 14th April at 6pm.”
Coach seats to London on 16 April cost £6 unwaged, £12 waged and £20 solidarity. Tickets can be ordered online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transport-from-swindon-health-homes-jobs-education-4demands-demo-tickets-21492701248?show_onboarding=1&internal_ref=login
Or telephone 01793 522824 to reserve a seat. If finances are tight the Assembly will sponsor you.