On Thursday the 5th of March Swindon People's Assembly are holding a "people's question time".

Can we save our NHS from privatisation? - Do strikes work? - What's the alternative to austerity? - Why is there always money for war? - What happened to social housing? - Can we stop cuts?

The panel includes:

Owen Jones author and columnist for the Guardian
Francesca Martinez comedian and activist
Sam Fairbairn National Secretary, People's Assembly
Rosie McGregor South West TUC
Reverend Mark Barrett Swindon Churches Together

Kate Linnegar from the Swindon People’s Assembly spoke to the Swindon Advertiser. “This will be a lively and informative evening, discussing what austerity actually means for people and what the alternatives are."

“There are many things to bear in mind; the rise in foodbank use and homelessness in Swindon, the announcement by the leader of the council David Renard that we face £70m in budget cuts in the next three years which could put vital services at risk, the rise in zero hours contracts and the number of people being sanctioned, the lack of affordable housing, the closure of children’s centres, the privatisation of the NHS and the tendency to blame immigrants and the unemployed for the financial cuts."

The event at Gorse Hill Community Centre is free, but you need to book via EventBribe.