Budget day protests

Protests outside the Job Centre in Sudbury against Wednesday's budget announcement. ANL-150714-145417001
Protests outside the Job Centre in Sudbury against Wednesday's budget announcement. ANL-150714-145417001
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Protesters took the streets in Sudbury last Wednesday to protest against the budget announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Union members and Labour party supporters protested against the Government’s sanctions on benefits.

Among the protestors was former South Suffolk parliamentary candidate Jane Basham who said cuts to tax credits “far outweighed” any increase in the ‘Living Wage’.

Also present was Sudbury mayor Jack Owen. He said: “I know many local people who are struggling and the system of sanctions - often dished out unfairly to meet Government targets - leaves them without support or money to survive.”

Sean Nolan, 62, from Great Cornard has been on benefits since being laid off by Delphi in December.

He said: “I feel like I’m being put through hoops so they can tick their boxes.”