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Austerity has failed

“In work poverty hits record high as the housing crisis fuels insecurity”

One in every eight workers in the UK – 3.8 million people – is now living in poverty. A total of 7.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, are in poverty despite being in a working family. This means that a record high of 55 per cent of people in poverty are in working households.  […]


Powerhouse or Poorhouse March and Rally April 9th

What an excellent rally! This has been best supported march in Sheffield since last May’s General Election, and in warm spring sunshine.  After assembling at Devonshire Green, we marched around the town centre with a stop outside the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) offices, then on to Barker’s Pool for a rally with lots of […]

Austerity - The Failed Experiment

Austerity – The Failed Experiment?

Thanks to all those who attended and contributed to our public meeting with some of the Sheffield election candidates.  Organised in conjunction with the excellent Festival of Debate series, about 80 people came along to listen to presentations by candidates from Labour Party (Oliver Coppard), Green Party (Peter Garbutt),  Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (Maxine […]

Our NHS! Not for sale!

March for the NHS

Supporters including Sheffield Peoples Assembly and Sheffield Save Our NHS and musicians met the the Jarrow to London marchers in a rainy Hillsborough Park on Monday, to walked with them to Weston Park for a rally. A rally with choir on Tuesday morning at the Town Hall was followed by a further march, with supporters, […]


Public meeting: The Economic Alternatives to the Austerity Agenda

Wednesday 30th April, 6.30pm, Sheffield Hallam University, Adsetts Building, Room 6619 Speakers include: Mick Burke – Socialist Economic Bulletin Isaac Stovell – Alt. Econ. Think Student Society Rachel Newton – The People’s Charter Supporters of the government’s cuts to welfare budgets and public services often argue that ‘there is no alternative’. However, George Osborne’s recent […]


Strike Action: Care UK Doncaster

You may already be aware of the Care UK strike in Doncaster. The workers have been striking for the last 6 days and will strike again tomorrow for the 7th day against severe cuts to pay, holidays and sickness entitlement! Earlier today we caught up with Dave Honeybone, Unison Shop Steward, who said this: Great attendance […]

The Sheffield FreeBee Bus navigating the junction outside Sheffield Town Hall.

Sheffield FreeBee bus service to be axed?

When I saw long queues for the FreeBee bus by the The Moor Market in Sheffield recently just after it re-located from the bottom of town, I wondered how long the valuable service would last in this climate of austerity. On 6th February the ridiculously named South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority met to agree on […]


30 years after the Great Miners’ Strike

THIRTY years ago Britain was convulsed by a major battle that had massive implications for the future. Newly released Cabinet douments reveal that Thatcher, coal boss Ian MacGregor and the Tory media all lied about the number of pit closures – showing NUM leader Arthur Scargill was right that the Tories had a “hit list” […]


Disabled people plan more direct action in Sheffield

Disabled people in Sheffield have announced plans for more direct action against the cuts in Sheffield. Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are launching a direct action network at a public meeting on 12 November. The aim is to bring together disabled people, carers, supporters, friends and families to fight what they say are threatening the […]


November 5th Day of Action

11.00 – 12.00 Yesterday morning over sixty disabled activists and supporters gathered outside the Atos assesment centre in Sheffield to protest about work capability assesments. The action was called by Unite Community and supported by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut. Speakers included Mike Higgins of DPAC who called for an end […]