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City centre protest calls out rise in prices and food inflation

The Nottingham People’s Assembly were protesting yesterday, February 12, at the Brian Clough Statue calling for urgent government action to curtail rapidly rising prices.

Around 50 people took to the city centre to call for action against the rising prices. MP Nadia Whittome also made an appearance and called for a reverse in benefit cuts.

Stewart Halforty, Secretary of Nottingham People’s Assembly said: “The rise in prices will cause untold hardship for the poorest in our country, who have already seen wages stagnate in the decade of austerity caused by the banking crisis in 2008.

“Staggering rises in energy prices will mean people having to choose between eating and heating.

“Food writer Jack Monroe has shown that headline inflation conceals more than it reveals as the cheapest staple goods in supermarkets such as pasta and rice have risen dramatically in price.

“”Wages haven’t risen since the banking crisis in 2008.

“I feel the pinch. I can’t imagine how others feel.”

Food inflation rose from 2.4% in December to 2.7% in January, with price rises reaching the highest rate since October 2013, according to BRC.

Des Conway, 63, retired, said: “This demo links all the trade unions.

“I’m here today to talk about the save John Carroll Leisure Centre campaign

“The council closed it last February.

“The swimming pool is important, it was brilliant.

“I worked for a food bank and saw how grim things have been since the cuts.”

Claire Wilkins, 63, David johns, 86, both retired from Bingham and attended the protest on the behalf of the Socialist Party.

They said: “They cannot keep cutting things, it’s impossible.

“On a personal basis, people need access to public toilets

“It’s crucial for the elderly and the new plans will prevent homeless people needing to clean themselves.

“We’re campaigning for more public toilets.”

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