Protestors marched through Central Milton Keynes to rally against budget cuts announced by the government yesterday.
Chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to cut welfare spending and increase some taxes in the first Tory Budget since 1996.
He also set a new national living wage of £9 an hour by 2020, increased the inheritance tax threshold to £1m for married couples and froze fuel duties for the year.
The march was organised by Milton Keynes Against the Cuts and attended by people from many political parties.
Its chairman Kevin Vickers said: “The protest went really well. It was good natured with people from all walks of life turning out to support us, from children to retired people.
“We are not under any illusion that we will change things overnight, but a better social movement is where we should start, first and foremost.” MK’s Against the Cuts is a “strong, ever-growing” group, says Mr Vickers. But nationally the campaigners have seen a huge improvement in their support.
“In demonstrations in London in 2013 there were 3,000 people, but in 2014 that grew to 50,000 and then this year there were 250,000 protesting.”
A four-metre high and five-metre long elephant paraded the streets of MK with campaigners last night as a symbol of the human cost of benefits sanctions and cuts to essential services, which they say is the ‘elephant in the room’.
Mr Vickers added: “It was amazing. It looked great and was seen by everyone passing by walking, in the car or on the bus, which is exactly what we wanted.”