The UK government has described the ‘don’t pay’ campaign as ‘extremely irresponsible’
RT – While UK energy prices are set to hit record levels, an anonymous group called Don’t Pay in the UK has launched a campaign calling for one million Britons to stop paying their energy bills on October 1, when prices are expected to rise all at once. repeatedly.
Campaign members say at least 75,000 people have so far pledged to cancel direct gas and electricity bills in protest of rising costs. The UK government is now describing the campaign as “highly irresponsible”, The Independent reported on Thursday.
“This is a highly irresponsible message that will ultimately only raise prices for everyone else and affect personal credit ratings,” a government spokesperson told the newspaper.
“While no government can control global gas prices, we provide £37 billion in aid to families, including £400 in energy bills and £1,200 in direct support to the most vulnerable families to help with living costs.”
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The government’s energy price cap, set by regulator Ofgem, is expected to rise to more than 3,000 pounds ($3,618) on October 1, an increase of nearly 65%. Energy costs were already up 54% earlier this year.
Don’t Pay UK estimates that around 6.3 million British households will fall into fuel poverty by winter, with tens of millions of families experiencing ‘fuel stress’, meaning they will spend more than 10% of your income on energy bills alone. .
The government explained that rising energy costs are caused by rising global demand, the after effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine.
However, record profits reported by energy companies such as Centrica, which owns British Gas, have sparked a public outcry and accusations that suppliers are profiting from the crisis.
“Our politicians and oil and gas companies have designed an energy system that just funnels money and profits up, regardless of the human cost,” a Don’t Pay spokesperson said, adding that record-breaking corporate earnings power is unacceptable.
If the government and energy companies refuse to act, ordinary workers will. Together, we will collectively impose a fair price and the government and the oil and gas giants will have to work this out amongst themselves.”
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