Costs continue to rise, with 85 per cent of adults reporting an increase in their gas and electricity bills last month and another increase energy price cap increase expected in October.
As energy bills continue to rise at worrying rates, many more families will be left unable to cook a meal, have a hot shower or heat their homes in the winter.
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Organisers of Don’t Pay say they are local people who want to remain anonymous in media coverage. They have no official affiliation with any organisations or charities.
They are hoping that this decentralised, grassroots approach will urge huge numbers of people to take collective action. They believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of people are beginning to take action in their local communities.
The campaigners say on their website that they are “demanding a reduction of energy bills to an affordable level”. For this to work, they claim they need one million people to pledge to cancel their bills. The strike will not go ahead unless they have this “critical mass of people”.
“Even if a fraction of those of us who are paying on credit metres withhold our payments,” they claim, “it will be enough to put energy companies in serious trouble, and they know this. We want to bring them to the table and force them to end this crisis.”
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Don’t Pay are using social media to attract attention and build support. You can sign up to their emailing list for more information, or sign up to be an organiser on their website.
The organisers said they already span across more than 300 different towns and cities in the UK. More than 50,000 leaflets have been ordered to another 52 locations.
The organisers add on their website: “It can only work if we believe in each other and show the powers at be that we would not stand for being treated as cash cows.”