The “pay your bill” campaign, which was launched to protest the rising energy prices, especially in the last year, continues in the UK.
More than 75,000 people have participated in the fast-growing “Don’t Pay UK” (don’t pay) campaign so far, and this number is increasing day by day.
Among those who support the campaign is Kary, 51, a teacher in London. Kary is just one of thousands of Britons who have recently been struggling to make ends meet. He says the situation is very dire and something needs to be done.
The phrase “Very simple” in the manifesto of the campaign draws attention.
Kary, a teacher, said: “We expect reductions in energy bills such as electricity and natural gas, and we want these prices to be brought down to a reasonable, affordable level. Our goal is to get one million people to support the campaign by next November. And if the government doesn’t do something by this time, come November 1st. We’re going to start a massive strike.” says.
As part of the “Don’t Pay UK” campaign, if thousands of citizens in the UK do not pay their bills, it will be a first. Because for about 35-40 years, the British people did not have a similar initiative.
In England, Wales and Scotland, which formed Great Britain at the end of the 80s, the people refused to pay the “Poll Tax” brought by the government to financially support local governments, and in the process of great debates, the “Iron Lady” of the period. Prime Minister, Margret Thatcher, was forced to withdraw the bill.
The 30-35 percent increase pushes low-income families
Compared to October 2021 in the UK, electricity and natural gas bills have increased by about 30-35%.
A person who pays 1,400 pounds a year on a bill of the same size in the UK in 2021 now has to pay an average of 2000 pounds for the same energy consumption.
In the UK, the profits of big energy companies such as BP have increased significantly compared to last year. BP’s profit in the second quarter of 2022 rose to £6.9 billion, nearly three times higher than last year.
According to research by the “Don’t Pay UK” campaign pioneers across Great Britain, around 10 million families in the country will have difficulty paying their bills.