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Preventing Austerity 2.0: Economic arguments that work

Monday 27th September3pm4:30pm
Old Steine Gardens - North Tent

Despite a public consensus that austerity failed, a change in rhetoric from the Government and even increases in public spending and taxation, we still hear regular talk of ‘sacrifices’ to pay back pandemic spending, and the need to ‘balance the books’.

In this workshop, activists will be shown which arguments and narratives are most effective in persuading people that austerity 2.0 is neither fair nor good for the economy. Based on groundbreaking research conducted this summer, attendees will be talked through the effectiveness of different approaches and be given the opportunity to construct their own arguments for a given scenario.


Director of CLASS.

Head of communications at the New Economy Organisers Network
Sponsoring Organisations:
Centre for Labour and Social Studies is a leading left think tank. Finding its origins in the trade union movement, CLASS combines grassroots voices with intellectually compelling analysis to promote policy that works for everyday people.
The New Economics Foundation is a UK-based think tank. NEF believe that together we can change the rules to protect the planet and build a more equal society within which everyone has a say in how the economy is run.
NEON is an independent network of activists working to replace neoliberalism with an economy and politics based on social and economic justice.


Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonMomentumCommunication Workers Union
Unite the UnionYoung LabourSocialist Campaign Group of Labour MPsAutonomyIWGBGlobal Justice NowBFAWUMayDay RoomsCommunity BaseDisabled People Against CutsUCUPeace & Justice ProjectNational Nurses UnitedThe Democracy Collaborative

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Transform! EuropeLipman Miliband TrustCommon KnowledgeAndrew Wainwright Reform Trust
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