Campaigners are calling for a million people across the UK to stop paying their energy bills in October if the government “goes ahead with another massive hike”.
Don’t Pay is a drive to push the government and energy companies to make bills more affordable as people struggle through a cost of living crisis.
More than 800 people have already signed up to help organise the mass non-payment in just a few days. The hope is that this group will inspire a million people to join them in cancelling their bills on October 1.
A spokesperson for Don’t Pay, who has asked to remain anonymous for privacy reasons, said: “Millions of us won’t be able to afford food and bills this winter. We cannot afford to let that happen. We’re all worried about what this will mean for us and our families but, if we come together through collective action, we can force the government and energy companies to reduce our energy bills.”
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An estimated 3.16 million people in the UK could not afford to pay their household energy bills in 2020, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Prices for electricity, gas and fuels rose by over 46 per cent in April 2022, according to the Office for National Statistics, when the energy regulator Ofgem increased the energy price cap.