Families hit by austerity – pre-budget rally
28th February 2013
With prices rising and wages held back, living standards are under attack. Public services are being slashed across the country, as jobs are cut. Millions - both employed and unemployed - will see benefits fail to keep up with prices.
Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary, said: "The millionaire prime minister and his millionaire chancellor are introducing a tax cut for the country's richest people at a time when public finances are still struggling and cuts are hitting the poorest in society. The 50p tax rate will fall by 10 per cent in April while ministers press on with austerity policies that hold back growth and threaten a triple dip recession.
"It's time to change course and build a future that works - starting with the budget due on March 20. We're supporting the TUC rally and calling for a fair budget
The TUC will be putting the pressure on Chancellor George Osborne to change course, with a public rally in Westminster on the evening of 13 March.
Please register for a place at the Rally, or if you can't make it to London, please pledge to watch the Rally online. The TUC will be streaming it live and planning a series of online actions that people can take to make a huge noise about the budget that the Chancellor won't be able to ignore.
***Appeal for case studies***
Has your family been hit by austerity? The TUC is looking for case study examples of families feeling the pinch because of tax credit cuts, pay freezes, real wage falls or other austerity measures. Your stories could be used to show how much individual families will lose out as a result of government austerity along with research set to be published for the TUC's pre-budget rally on March 13. Contact Sian Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8971 7267