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Student Assembly Against Austerity Press Release
Students prepare to protest scrapping of maintenance grants outside Tory Party Conference
The Student Assembly Against Austerity is organising a series of actions outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester in opposition to the government’s fresh wave of attacks on students and education on Sunday 4 October and Monday 5 October. The actions are part of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s national week of action.
- On Sunday 4 October thousands of students are set to join the Student Assembly Against Austerity bloc on the national demonstration against austerity which has been called by the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Students will be protesting for free education and against cuts to education, soaring student debt and tuition fees.
- On Monday 5 October students will be out in force again, staging a ‘debt-in’ outside Tory Party Conference from 1.30pm. This creative protest will involve students being ‘crushed’ by piles of debt, a symbolic protest against the government’s planned scrapping of maintenance grants.
“Students are taking to the Tory Conference to show our opposition to their policies which are cutting people out of education.
“High rents, no grants and the deportation of international students – the list of discriminatory policies is endless.
“Until the government cease to impose attacks on students, we will not cease taking action – in Manchester, in Westminster and on our campuses across the UK.”
Fiona Edwards from the Student Assembly Against Austerity said:
“The government’s plans to scrap maintenance grants represent a massive attack on the poorest students. The Tories will see a huge backlash from the student movement unless they ditch these plans.
“Students are already facing mortgage sized debts, the highest tuition fees in Europe and a chronic cost of living crisis causing widespread student poverty.
“The Tories’ plans to burden the poorest students with an extra £10,000 worth of debt by scrapping maintenance grants is simply outrageous.”
Becky Cutts, student at Liverpool John Moores University and Student Assembly Against Austerity campaigner added:
“Without access to maintenance grants I would not have been able to access university. I grew up as a young carer, with two disabled younger brothers, so the additional help I received through the grants has allowed me the opportunity to get an education. I know lots more people in a similar situation to myself.
“The removal of maintenance grants is a huge attack on those who haven’t had the privilege of being born into a family that can afford to support them through university, pushing ordinary students further and further into debt. We should be supporting our students’ future, not crippling them with debts.”
1. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is organising the student bloc on the Trade Union Congress national demonstration taking place on Sunday 4 October in Manchester. The student bloc will be assembling at 12noon outside Whitworth Park on the Oxford Road, Manchester. Click here for the facebook event.
2. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is also organising a student ‘debt-in’ against the government’s plans to scrap maintenance grants. Students will be meeting for this action at 1.30pm outside the Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ at 1.30pm and then marching on towards Tory Party Conference. Click here for the facebook event.
3. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is the student wing of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
4. These actions are part of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s national week of action outside Tory Party Conference. The full timetable of protests, rallies, meetings, gigs and events can you found here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/manctimetable
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