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'Biggest and most united' protest is set to take place over cost of living crisis

Dominic Smithers

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'Biggest and most united' protest is set to take place over cost of living crisis

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Thousands of people are set to take to the streets across the UK to protest against the devastating effects of the cost of living crisis.

With millions of households struggling to make ends meet due to soaring energy bills and rising food prices, the People's Assembly are calling for the 'biggest' and 'most united' protest to ever hit the UK later this year.

In October, the 'Can't Pay' march will take place in Birmingham and will be held outside the Conservative Party conference.

The following month, this will be backed up by another demonstration in London.

Campaigners said people have had enough of being squeezed for everything they have and are demanding the government act now.

A spokesperson for the group said: "As the Tory government prepares to ram through even more draconian anti-union laws to prevent workers taking action to defend themselves from 'fire-and-rehire' and the cost-of-living crisis, we are all facing the fight of our lives.

Thousands are expected to take to the streets over the cost of living crisis. Credit: Bradley Stearn/Alamy
Thousands are expected to take to the streets over the cost of living crisis. Credit: Bradley Stearn/Alamy

"Millions of households are already struggling to pay for basics such as food, housing and energy. Average household energy bills are predicted rise to £4,200 a year this winter.

"The Bank of England now officially forecasts economic recession and higher inflation for most of 2023.

"At the same time, we are seeing our incomes fall in real terms and we are living in a time of societal collapse. But not everyone is struggling.

"Energy companies report record profits. Others, including supermarkets, transport firms and landlords are enjoying an absolute bonanza.

"Their profits and rents come from the pockets of ordinary people who are already struggling – even before winter comes."

This comes after it was announced that inflation in the UK had risen to 10.1 percent, the highest in 40 years.

And it is only expected to get higher, with the Bank of England predicting it to reach 13 percent later this year when the energy price cap is set for another review.

Responding to the news, Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi said he understood people's concern but claimed the government was working to get it under control.

The protest will take place in Birmingham in October. Credit:  Sipa US/Alamy
The protest will take place in Birmingham in October. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy

He said: "I understand that times are tough, and people are worried about increases in prices that countries around the world are facing.

"Although there are no easy solutions, we are helping where we can through a £37 billion support package, with further payments for those on the lowest incomes, pensioners and the disabled, and £400 off energy bills for everyone in the coming months.

"Getting inflation under control is my top priority, and we are taking action through strong, independent monetary policy, responsible tax and spending decisions, and reforms to boost productivity and growth."

If you've been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can find more information about where to get help from Turn2Us via their website

Topics: UK News, Politics

Dominic Smithers
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