Wednesday, March 29News For London

Protestors demand an immediate general election: “The government is criminal”

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity claim Britain is broken.

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Thousands of people flooded the streets, battling heavy rain, to march from Embankment to Trafalgar Square.

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Various unions and organisations such as The NHS, Unison, The Communist League, and the UCL Student Union were a part of the protest demanding to: “Topple the Tories”.

Protesters gathered to chant about the difficulties posed by the cost of living crisis, the oncoming recession and the underfunding of the NHS.

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The NHS continues to struggle with funding cuts with no real term changes made in the budget allocation since 2010.

Pamela, a retired GP from NHS SOS: “The NHS is being severely damaged….it cannot manage any more cuts.”

The King’s Fund reports, 4 out of 10 trust finance directors forecast an overspend by the end of this year, regarding NHS performance .

Jenny, an NHS social worker: “This government is criminal and I can’t wait for them to be out of power.”

Trade Union; Unison was also among the organisations marching against pay cuts and the energy crisis. Many members vocalised their fears of: “slow growth”.

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The pressure continues to mount on the emergence of windfall tax on oil and gas companies. Especially, after Shell reported 8 billion pounds in profits in under 3 months, as reported by The Guardian

John, Unison member, was concerned: “A third of Pakistan was under water, unthinkable! Yet we’re gonna y’know, continue to depend on gas.”