Born out of the Boot Out Austerity Group, AAG is marching on, tackling the same crucial strands in society – poverty and inequality – that continue to negatively affect people who use social services.

Supporters are always welcome, and our latest activity is to join the national demonstration ‘End Austerity Now’ by the People’s Assembly in Manchester Sunday 29th September. All the details are below (and can be found here too).

AAG believes austerity is a political choice, not a necessity, thus we will always challenge the types of policies that contribute to poverty.

History

The origins of AAG can be found in the Boot Out Austerity campaign, which highlighted the impact of austerity on families.

It saw 140 social workers and service users take part in a 100-mile walk from BASW’s head office in Birmingham to the 2017 AGM venue in Liverpool, marching against austerity measures.

The walk had significant impact and generated national and regional media interest, engaging with key government ministers and MPs. More on this can be found here.

Since then, BASW and SWU have launched a Campaign Action Pack to encourage anti-austerity activity locally, regionally and nationally across the UK.

The step-by-step guide outlines everything from how to organise public meetings, rallies and awareness-raising film nights to setting up petitions, lobbying and contacting the press. 

Another focus is lobbying against the harmful impact of Universal Credit, specifically the two-child cap.

For more information about AAG, it’s upcoming events and how to get involved please email carol.reid@swu-union.org.uk