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Protesters Decry UK Chancellor's Budget

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TEHRAN, March 23 (ICANA) – A protest against job losses, spending cuts and tax avoidance will be held in front of Britain's Parliament building, while lawmakers discuss the Budget bill.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:51:41 PM
Protesters Decry UK Chancellor's Budget

Anti-poverty campaigners and civil servants as well as members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will join members of the War on Want campaign in front of the parliament building.

"The latest inflation figures are another timely reminder that, beyond the bubble of privilege inhabited by Chancellor George Osborne and other millionaire cabinet members, real people's living standards are under severe pressure”, said PCS leader Mark Serwotka.

"In these circumstances it is both vindictive and dangerous of the Chancellor to drive our economy even further down, in a race to the bottom where public services are handed over to big businesses to rake in huge profits and hard-won employment rights are eroded to make it easier to victimize and sack workers,” Serwotka added.

The PCS leader called on the Chancellor to impose restrictions on those who have been directly involved in creating the financial crisis in the country.

"Instead of setting his sights on those who everyone now accepts did nothing to cause the recession and the budget deficit, Osborne should go after the real scroungers -- the tax dodgers who deprive our public finances of tens of billions of pounds every year and the corporations who are hiking their prices above inflation and profiting from hardship," Serwotka said.

Meanwhile, a War on Want campaigner said the Chancellor should focus his crackdown on people who are powerful enough to be able to dodge their tax commitments.

"If George Osborne wants to help people most in need through his Budget he should crack down on the corporations and millionaires who dodge their tax obligations”, said Simon McRae, senior campaigns officer at War on Want.

"While these dodges cost Britain up to £120 billion a year, many are facing savage cuts in public services and jobs. It is time the government ended this scandal," he added.

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