It’s a terrible situation (enough is enough: I’m refusing to pay my energy bills this winter, August 4th). The people who run our country had all their eggs in one basket and now we are being asked to pay for their mistakes. This is reminiscent of poll tax, which can have consequences for non-paying customers.
For my part, I can’t afford the energy bills and I’m above the 10% income threshold for energy poverty. I will pay but only what I can. My account is currently in credit but will soon be depleted as energy costs increase. I will refuse any escalation of my Direct Debit. Before I go into the red I will ask my energy supplier for help and they have an obligation to help me.
There is support for those who are struggling, and it’s time we capitalized on that by letting energy companies pay us hardship grants for rising energy bills.
Walk this route before hopping on a moving train. Let’s hurt them as they hurt us by taking money from them that they don’t want to give or tell us.
Jonathan Friedland (Be warned: inflation can indeed take British politics to a very dark place, 5 August) puts the Don’t Pay campaign in the context of an anti-election tax campaign from 30 years ago – correct. A wave of civil disobedience brought down this unjust tax (and the Prime Minister who sponsored it). While many of us are making it clear that we will not or cannot pay our exorbitant energy bills, government can step in and tax suppliers’ profits, preferably by making them public property. Walk. As Francis Ryan explains (Why is lead actor Tory selling ‘Magic Money Tree’ series at public expense? It’s just bad economics, August 5), it was able to find money for Covid contracts and corporate tax cuts.
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