After the financial crisis of 2008, a period of the economic recession began in the United Kingdom. The first austerity measures were introduced in late 2008 and then popularised by David Cameron and the newly elected Conservative government, in 2010. Chancellor George Osbourne identified goals to be achieved within a five-year forecast. These were a combination of public spending reductions and tax increases amounting to £110 billion, by the end of the forecast period, 2015–16.
The reductions would hit the nation's most impoverished the hardest, from councils to the disabled, cuts were seen, and reactions were just a matter of time. Not long after one of the most significant movements were formed, The People's Assembly. The movement against austerity is a political initiative launched in the U.K. in 2013. It aims to challenge the arguments against austerity, that it sees as missing from British politics and to fight for all those people it sees as being hit by Government policies.
The movement campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice, by developing a strategy for resistance to mobilising millions of people against the government. The People's Assembly plays a crucial role in ensuring that the government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful co-ordinated action, including strike action. The photo series follows the national demonstrations which gathered hundreds of thousands of people, all marching under the same umbrella, to stop austerity measures on the poorest.