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Who are Don’t Pay UK?
Don’t Pay UK is a grassroots movement currently campaigning against the energy price cap raise. The campaign calls for the reversal of this price cap back to the level it was at in April 2021, in response to the current crisis.
Should changes not be made prior to 1 October when the energy price cap is set to be raised, campaigners are expected to cancel their direct debits. These widespread direct debit cancellations will only go ahead should the campaign reach 1 million pledges.
Along with this, Don’t Pay UK are campaigning for the end of pre-payment energy meter installation enforcements, with those wishing to keep their meter given the cheapest available tariff. They are also campaigning for the introduction of an emergency social energy tariff, which would introduce lower tariffs to working-class families along with community assets, such as schools, religious buildings and community centres.
Potential future developments.
A radical solution to the growing energy crisis that is gaining traction in mainland Europe is ‘Community Energy’. Simply put, it is a system whereby people are able to produce their own renewable energy and distribute the proceeds among their respective communities.
This would be carried out through establishing a cooperative where each member jointly owns the organisation – as opposed to a capitalist model. This group will then install renewable power systems, buy the energy, and get a share of the profits. Currently, around 1 million European citizens are involved in creating their own energy, which could rise to 260 million by 2050.