|The 1979 original|
Unemployed people from across London will come together with members of the anti-austerity direct action group UK Uncut to recreate the Tories’ iconic 1979 election poster that featured a queue of jobseekers snaking into the distance.
’Unemployment officers’ will shepherd the queue into shape as a makeshift claimant office is installed outside the gates of No. 11.
Jobseeker Rachel Goodwin said: "Osborne goes on about growth but the only the thing that's growing under the government's austerity programme is the number of people out of work,” said jobseeker Rachel Goodwin, ahead of tomorrow’s action. “He claims this is a Budget for ‘working people’. Well, there will continue to be fewer and fewer of those unless he halts his devastating public sector cuts and looks to the alternatives."
UK Uncut activist Joe Brooking added: "Austerity isn't just unfair and unnecessary – it isn't working. Instead of continuing with his slash-and-burn economics, George Osborne should use the £25 billion a year avoided in tax by corporations and rich individuals to prevent further public sector job losses and start creating opportunities for young people. Osborne talks tough on tax avoidance, yet he's opening up a new tax loophole that will cost the UK nearly £1 billion a year by the Treasury's own estimates."
Emily Heywood, who has recently taken part in the Government's controversial 'workfare' scheme, said: "Whilst George attempts to get us to focus on Britain's rosy relationship with the ratings agencies, he knows a million 16-24 year olds are out of work. As he bangs on about low borrowing costs, Britain's female unemployment rate has hit a 25-year high. Austerity may be working for the bond markets and the banks, but it isn't working for Britain."