Bonfire of the Austerities – voices unite against cuts

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CAMPAIGNERS against austerity measures gathered at a protest in Durham City.

 The Bonfire of Austerity protest was organised for fireworks day by the Durham branch of the People’s Assembly.

The event, held yesterday, was one of more than 40 protests organised by assembly across the country.

Durham organiser Paul Simpson said: “We want to highlight the damaging effect Government cuts are having on the people of Durham and the North East as a whole.

“It is grossly unfair that ordinary people are bearing the brunt of austerity while well-known high street businesses are being allowed to dodge tax at an estimated cost of £25billion to the public purse.

“We strongly urge the Coalition Government to put an end to these legal loopholes.

“Big businesses should stop flouting the tax system, pay their taxes and stop abusing the rights of workers by using workfare schemes.”

The People’s Assembly was launched by Tony Benn with Len McCluskey and other trade union leaders and campaigns nationally against government austerity measures.