Brighton campaigners send a message about the cost of living crisis

ACTIVISTS have sent a message to the government as they prepare to protest energy price cap hikes.

Organizers also campaigned outside the offices of Octopus Energy as energy prices are set to rise nearly 80 per cent to £3,549 in October amid the cost of living crisis.

The Argus: Activists left their message on Brighton beachActivists left their message on Brighton beach

Tom Johnstone, a spokesman for Don’t Pay Brighton, said: “It was not hostile action by Octopus, they are as dismayed as anyone at the Government’s inaction.

“This week, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned from his last holiday and told us we all have to come to terms with the price hikes.

“Well, he might be able to afford to pay, but the rest of us can’t.”

The measure comes ahead of a nationwide energy bill strike on Saturday, October 1, in which thousands of people across the country are expected to withhold payments.

At the protest, people are canceling their direct debits to energy companies in a mass non-payment action.

The Argus: Don't Pay activists in front of the Octopus Energy offices“Don’t Pay” activists in front of the offices of Octopus Energy

More than 1,000 people across Sussex are expected to attend to put pressure on the government and energy companies to bring bills down to affordable levels.

The protest comes as energy companies recently reported rising profits as prices continued to rise. British gas owner Centrica reported profits five times higher than in 2021.

A government spokeswoman previously criticized the Don’t Pay campaign for its “highly irresponsible messages that will ultimately only inflate prices for everyone else and hurt personal creditworthiness”.

She added: “While no government can control global gas prices, we are providing £37billion in aid to households, including the £400 rebate on energy bills, and £1,200 direct support to the most vulnerable households to help to help the cost of living.”

Ocotpus Energy has been contacted for comment.

Don’t Pay Brighton are organizing a public gathering to raise awareness of the campaign, which will take place on Tuesday 30 August at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street. Brighton campaigners send a message about the cost of living crisis

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