why consumers are flocking to UK Enough is Enough fight, The Enough is Enough initiative to alleviate poverty in the United Kingdom has nearly 450,000 supporters.
In light of the fact that average energy costs are expected to grow to £3,582 in October and £4,200 in January, a new movement created by trade unions and community organizations have set demands including pay raises and a reduction in energy bills, and an end to food poverty.
Six Britons from all over the country share their motivations for becoming involved.
‘Unpaid carers are going to be hit hard
“I joined because I think the government of the United Kingdom has to do more to address the cost of living and the energy price cap situation. We, the unpaid caregivers, will be struck just as severely, if not harder, by the price cap increase in October, and we need to have our voices heard.
The prospect of falling into utility debt due to lack of income is my greatest source of anxiety. Many low-income households with unpaid carers rely on government assistance programs, which often provide just a certain amount of money each month with no room for flexibility. In October, we’ll need to stretch that budget even further. There are government grants, I know, but with the price ceiling being raised, they won’t come close to covering it.
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales resident and unpaid caregiver Mike O’Brien, age 50
‘I have started stockpiling wood’
“Even though I make a fair salary, I am honestly concerned about being able to afford everything come winter because I haven’t had a pay raise in several years and because bills, living costs, and transportation prices are rising at an alarming rate.
In order to avoid using fuel for heating, I have begun to store wood. To save back on transportation expenditures, I like to walk whenever possible and stock up on cheap, on-sale food to keep in the freezer. I want greed would end, that everyone would be paid a fair income, and that no one would have to choose between paying for food and keeping the heat on in their house.
‘The opposition needs to be more forceful’
“I signed up for this because the government is destroying the country. The opposition may be playing the long game in order to win the election the following time around, but that won’t help them now. While I can see Labour’s desire to win the election, it would be great if the opposition parties could band together to unseat the Conservatives.
The opposition’s argument on the cost of living crisis, in my opinion, needs to be more direct and aggressive. We need a nationwide movement to raise awareness and equip people to fight all that is wrong; the harm is done to industrious people and the unemployed are too great to ignore.
‘Everybody in my community is panicking’
Six years ago, we finally had enough, but now our income isn’t enough to cover necessities like food, gas, child care, insurance, and taxes. They constantly demand that you pay more, and everyone I come into contact with, from shopkeepers to coworkers, is in an uproar.
After 44 years of employment, I was told I would have to wait 10 weeks for any sort of payment after being laid off twice during Covid and applying for universal credit. After receiving £312 on Christmas Eve, I had a nervous breakdown.
The next available appointment at the dentist was in four months, and I desperately needed one. In my office, the women pay around £1,400 per month for child care. Not even close to that is what I get paid. Everyone’s finally had enough, I feel it.
‘I’m not sure how high bills will go’
That 40% of Britons may be living in fuel poverty this winter is alarming, and it will have far-reaching effects on their emotional and physical health, especially in homes with small children. It’s disgusting that these corporations are rewarding their executives with bonuses and dividends paid for with our money while families are forced to choose between food and gas.
It’s predicted that our annual costs will increase by the hundreds. Our situation calls for decisive measures. I’m rooting for a broad coalition of workers across industries to respond to the call to action in whatever way they can. All of us have more leverage if we can convince people that all employees—nurses, teachers, rail workers, and contact center agents alike—are fighting for the same thing: fair wages, an end to fuel poverty, and the right to appropriate housing.
‘Our government is asleep at the wheel’
There is too much avarice in the world, and it has worn me down. Energy and fossil fuel producers in particular appear to be taking full advantage of inflation and global shortages to utterly rip off the common citizen and line the wallets of shareholders.
Even though I haven’t seen any improvement in service, my telecom provider recently raised my rates by 8%. The leaders in our country are dozing off. There is now no leader in place, and the Conservatives are busy fighting amongst themselves rather than developing measures like a windfall tax to help people pay their energy bills.
Though I am not in dire straits, I anticipate having some difficulty meeting my anticipated expenses this coming winter. The current state of the country is catastrophic. We need a more equitable society, and I don’t think the current conditions call for a Tory hegemony but rather a coalition government. Twelve years of poor leadership has left us desperate for a new approach.
Samuel Baines, 39, healthcare project manager, Newbury, Berkshire
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