Thousands marched in London and other UK cities on Saturday over the high cost of living, while some burned their electricity and utility bills in protest.
People carried signs that read: “Can’t afford to live,” “Freeze profit, not people,” and “Eat the Tories.”
Grassroots campaign Don’t Pay UK, which co-organized the protests, said it wants to pressure the government into reducing energy bills to “an affordable level” by convincing a million people to not pay them.
“Millions of us simply won’t be able to keep our heads above water and many will freeze when the weather turns cold,” a spokesman for the campaign said.
— Kefentse Dennis (@KefentseDennis) October 1, 2022
🔥🔥🔥 People across the country are burning their utility bills today, in protest against the 1 October energy price rise.
From Brighton to Sheffield, Don’t Pay campaigners are fighting back against the cost of living crisis. 🧾🧾 pic.twitter.com/XjFmufinAw
— Novara Media (@novaramedia) October 1, 2022
Enough is Enough! 🇬🇧
Demonstrations against costs of living have taken place in 50 cities across the #UK to protest the Tory government's handling of rising energy prices, as a direct result of Western sanctions against Russia. pic.twitter.com/VKXSkxY7df
— Jacque Line (@MissJacque_line) October 2, 2022
People have rallied in all major cities across the UK to protest against rising living costs. pic.twitter.com/IH3AhKi9Ym
— Highlights (@highlightsnews1) October 1, 2022
The protest took place as the new energy price cap took effect on Saturday, allowing the increase of the bill per average household from £1,971 ($2,201) annually to a record £2,500 ($2,792) in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The authorities say that without doing this, bills could reach £3,500 from October and rise as high as £6,500 next year.
“Livelihoods and businesses were at stake. The government’s energy support limits the price they pay for gas and electricity, shields them from massive bill increases, and is expected to curb inflation too,” Prime Minister Liz Truss said.