Enough is enough campaign!

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A rush to sign up to new consumer campaign 'Enough is Enough' has crashed their website, organisers say.

The movement is backed by unions, politicians and commentators and pledges to channel the nation’s cost-of-living anger into action.

Before it crashed, Enough is Enough's website said it plans to “push back against the misery forced on millions by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, shoddy housing – and a society run only for a wealthy elite”.

The launch of the campaign comes on the back of warnings from former prime minister Gordon Brown to address the cost-of-living crisis before it is too late.

Enough is Enough says it will be holding rallies, organising community groups, and attending picket lines, and will urge the government to meet its five demands, which include:

  • A real pay rise
  • Slash energy bills
  • End food poverty
  • Decent homes for all
  • Tax the rich

More specifically, the campaign wants a “significant rise in the national minimum wage and an inflation busting-rise in pensions and benefits.”

Amongst the group's other demands is for the October energy price hike be cancelled and the pre-April cap be restored.

Other calls to action include ending food poverty by introducing universal free school meals, community kitchens, and reinstating the £20-a-week universal credit uplift.

They also want rent caps, a government commitment to build 100,000 council homes a year, insulating homes, and introducing a charter for renters’ rights.

Tens of thousands of people have already signed up to the campaign, which is set to organise protests in the coming weeks.

This movement reflects a wider outcry, which has seen other campaigns form with swelling popularity. Most notably is the  ‘Don’t Pay UK’ campaign, which urges people to boycott energy companies (who have controversially reported record profits recently) by refusing to pay their energy bills from October. 

Organisers of Don’t Pay UK are anonymous and have no official affiliation with any organisation but they are receiving wide support.

According to their website, 70,000 supporters have pledged to stop paying their energy bills in October – which are projected to reach £300 for the average household. 

And support is believed to be even wider, with claims that requests for 1.6 million flyers to be distributed locally the most recent indication that this is a serious and widespread campaign that is capitalising on popular sentiment. 

However, the Don’t Pay UK initiative has attracted significant criticism and condemnation from the Government, who argued that "this is highly irresponsible messaging, which ultimately will only push up prices for everyone else and affect personal credit ratings”. 

Charities have also criticised the action. The Big Issue, for example, published an interview with a financial lawyer, who argued that the unseen cost of neglecting to pay energy bills could be more damaging. The interview said: “the bottom line is that you’re a customer and you signed a contract with an energy company… if you don’t pay, the business is within its legal rights to cease providing energy to you”. 

The debt charity StepChange added that “If you don’t pay gas or electricity bills, your supplier can collect the debt you owe using a debt collection agency”. 

This bad credit could have long-term financial ramifications for your financial planning and wellbeing by severely impacting your credit score.  

Instead, StepChange recommends contacting your energy supplier directly to say that you’re struggling to pay your bills, suggesting that this could have a larger impact on energy providers because they have an obligation to help you if you’re struggling to pay your bills.  

If you’re finding the increased cost of living challenging, there are plenty of free resources you can use to help. Money Helper offers free and impartial financial advice and StepChange provides free help and advice with debt. And don’t forget to check out Pension Geek James discussing money saving tactics to combat the cost of living.