Around 100 people attended a free one day conference at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday 8th October to discuss the policy of austerity. Top speakers Professor Mary Mellor, Chair of Northumbria University’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor in Economics at SOAS University of London and Charles Grimes, Chair of Hereford Positive Money, demystified modern economics. They challenged the political dogma behind the policy of austerity and suggested other, more socially responsible routes to prosperity. “Austerity is a political choice, there are alternatives,” said Professor Mary Mellor.
During the day participants attended three workshops that explored the local impacts of austerity on Shropshire’s beleaguered NHS and the deep cuts being suffered to the county’s public services. There was huge enthusiasm and creative ideas were developed for future campaigning.
‘Breaking the Austerity Myth’ was promoted by Ludlow Constituency Labour Party, but open to the general public, with around half the attendees not (yet!) members of the Labour Party. For more information go to www.austeritymyth.org.