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#4Demands: Masses take to London streets protesting Cameron & austerity (VIDEOS)

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Amazing turnout for the #4Demands demo. Setting of at 2pm for rally at Trafalgar

A huge number of people from across the UK are marching in London, calling for an end to government austerity measures and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Thousands of demonstrators from trade unions and a range of organizations campaigning on health, education, housing and jobs have joined the march

The anti-government rally kicked off at 2pm and has now reached Trafalgar Square, where anti-austerity councillors and event organizer the People’s Assembly Against Austerity are addressing the crowd.

Today’s rally follows last Saturday’s protest, which saw crowds gathered outside 10 Downing Street demanding Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the Panama Papers leak that exposed his late father’s offshore dealings.

READ MORE:Crowds march in London to demand Cameron resignation following Panama Papers leak (IMAGES) 

Today’s protest sees thousands of people, including children, calling for an end to public service cuts in a defiant but upbeat atmosphere.

“Tories out, refugees in”, “Down with dodgy Dave”, “Cut war not welfare” and some “Oink, oink” noises are just some of the rallying cries being used in addition to a huge variety of signs, songs and chants.

The hashtag #4Demands is the top trending topic in the UK today, with almost 30,000 tweets posted so far.

Many people have also taken to social media to point out the lack of coverage of the demonstration on mainstream media, in particular public service broadcaster, the BBC.

source RT one of the few that covered the protests properly in the glaring absence of the BBC














DWP’s Universal Jobmatch site advertising for Christmas temps and work in DUBAI

The shocking part about this story is that Iain Duncan Smith has allowed useless recruitment let-downs Monster continue running Useless Jobs Mismatch for another two years.

Iain Duncan Smith’s apparent confidence in the site is par for the course. After all, his job isn’t to get people into work but to get them off-benefits and, he hopes, into cemeteries.

Iain Duncan Smith’s job site is hosting adverts for Christmas temps and work in DUBAI – years after concerns about its listings were first raised.

Universal Jobmatch – which jobseekers can be sanctioned for not using – faced humiliation after its 2012 launch for unwittingly hosting bogus jobs.

The Tory minister personally defended the site, saying staff “constantly monitor” it for fake or fraudulent advertisers and it received 4million searches a day.

Now the DWP is letting recruitment giant Monster continue running the site until March 2017, the Mirror has confirmed – despite rumours it would be dumped when the firm’s contract finished this year.

rest of story at :Vox Political

Osborne’s economic plan flawed, Britain may need more austerity – IFS

British Finance Minister George Osborne. © Alessandro Bianchi

Chancellor George Osborne’s new fiscal regime is deeply flawed and will either have to be suspended or will involve more punitive austerity, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

The think tank made the assessment during its annual “Green Budget” event held in central London on Monday.

The event, which was organized in association with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, involved discussions on the government’s austerity agenda, related risks to public finances, the state’s corporate taxation policy and welfare reforms.

The new fiscal regime, which has been sharply criticized by economists, is called the Charter for Budget Responsibility. It requires the government to run a budget surplus by 2020 and works to maintain a surplus in “normal” economic times – or when GDP growth is higher than 1 percent.

Full article at RT











51% rise in Scottish children going to school hungry, stealing food – survey

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Crippling government austerity measures are forcing schoolchildren in Scotland to go hungry, steal food from their peers and develop mental health issues, teachers have claimed.

An Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) survey, which quizzed more than 300 primary and secondary school teachers about life in Scottish schools in 2015, found there had been a 51 percent rise in the number of children going to school hungry.

One in five respondents identified an increase in the number of times pupils stole food from their peers and asked teachers for sustenance, according to the findings.

The EIS also reported a 22 percent rise in the number of children older than the P3 age group, which ranges from 6 to 8, taking free school meals.

Attendance at free breakfast clubs increased by 27 percent, with a 7 percent increase in the number of parent referrals to food banks, findings show.

It’s not unusual for students to steal food from the staff room because they haven’t been given a packed lunch,” one secondary school teacher from Edinburgh, who chose to remain anonymous, told the EIS.

There’s an unbelievable level of poverty which I see every day,” the teacher added.

It appears the hunger crisis had also caused pupils to develop mental health issues.

Nearly three quarters of teachers surveyed said they had noticed a 71 percent increase in the number of children displaying signs of anxiety, stress and low mood.

read the full story at RT








Axman cometh: Osborne defies critics with fresh round of austerity

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. © Suzanne Plunkett

Chancellor George Osborne announced fresh spending cuts for several government departments on Monday in the wake of his embarrassing defeat in the House of Lords on tax credit cuts.

The environment, transport, local government and finance departments will have their day-to-day budgets, excluding capital expenditure, cut by an average 8 percent each year for the next four years, Osborne said.

The Chancellor insisted bringing the deficit down is essential for Britain’s economic security.

However, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described the policy as a “tactical ploy” to put pressure on Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to cut Universal Credit for people on low incomes or out of work.

In his speech on Monday, Osborne said the country must not “lose its nerve” in the face of another round of austerity.

full article at RT

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