Pots and pans protest in Sheffield tonight over austerity

A protest outside Sheffield Town Hall following the Government's Autumn statement
A protest outside Sheffield Town Hall following the Government's Autumn statement
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Protesters banged pots and pans outside Sheffield Town Hall to voice their concerns against austerity – saying the financial cutbacks ‘are not working’ for ordinary people.

Protesters banged pots and pans outside Sheffield Town Hall tonight to voice their concerns against austerity - saying the financial cutbacks ‘are not working’ for ordinary people.

The noisy demonstration - organised by the Sheffield People’s Assembly and the Sheffield Trades Council - saw families using their empty pots to demonstrate how some are being left hungry by cuts.

In the autumn statement Chancellor George Osborne asked voters to let the Government finish the job of overhauling the economy with fiscal cutbacks - saying Britain was predicted to have a surplus of £23bn by 2019-20.

But the people’s assembly says wages have fallen by 10 per cent in real terms since 2010 and the bedroom tax has seen evictions rise to ‘record levels’.

On welfare, the chancellor said spending was predicted to be £1bn lower than forecast in March.

A spokesman for the protesters said it was the wealthy who were benefiting.

They added: “It’s no wonder tax receipts are down, because of a real fall in incomes, and Government spending on supporting poverty is up in spite of cuts in real value of benefits.

“The stark fact that George Osborne dares not admit is the austerity spending cuts don’t reduce the deficit - they actually increase it!

“But austerity is working for some - the very wealthiest in our society.”