Sky host exposes high risk Brits face with Don’t Pay UK campaign

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Don’t Pay UK is demanding a reduction in energy bills to an affordable level or campaigners will cancel payments to energy companies on October 1. A total of 183,791 people so far have pledged to strike against the increasing cost. But Mr Melbourne detailed how it could negatively affect those Brits.

He said: “But you know the dangers of people not paying their bills, don’t you? They’ll be cut off and could end up being put on a punitive pre-payment meter.”

Area organiser of Don’t Pay UK Lewis Ford continued: “People on pre-payment meters are typically those who are unable to afford their bills yet they’re put on a tariff that’s more expensive than your typical tariffs and then if they can’t pay, they get cut off no matter the situation.

“With more traditional payment plans, you can negotiate with your provider when you can’t afford and they don’t cut you off.

“Pre-payment metres are a punishment for not paying your bill.”

The host added: “It’s more expensive for people on those pre-payment meters.”

It comes as households “will be getting poorer” over the coming months even with further financial support to freeze Britons’ energy bills, economists have warned.

Economists and experts told ministers at the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy select committee that sharp energy price rises mean the UK will struggle to avoid a recession, irrespective of action from a new Government.

It came as Liz Truss was set to be appointed as the next prime minister by the Queen at Balmoral.

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Ms Truss and her new Chancellor, widely expected to be Kwasi Kwarteng, are reported to be planning a freeze in bills which could cost around £100 billion.

However, Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said millions of households will still face a tough winter.

“Even with the big policy announcement this week, households will be getting poorer,” he said.

“They don’t have lots of non-essential spending and luxuries they can cut to pay their energy bills and that context is really worrying.


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“Thousands of people will have their energy cut off this winter.”

The economist stressed that the situation will be particularly tough for people on pre-payment meters, as they may not be able to build arrears.

Other customers are likely to build up “very large arrears” which could damage their credit ratings and have a long-term impact on their financial wellbeing.

It comes as the Bank of England has warned that inflation is set to soar to more than 13 percent this year and average annual energy bills had been expected to jump by 80 percent in October from £1,971 to £3,549 without further action.

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