"Civil Unrest” a Serious Concern in the UK, as Cost of Living Crisis Reaches Breaking Point

A campaigner has expressed concern that the living cost crisis will cause civil unrest and believes it to be inevitable. This is as a result of people not having enough money to cover their bills because of the rise in cost-of things like food, housing, and shopping.

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Some angry Brits have vowed to not pay their energy bills, as a result of the increased prices because of the recent sanctions on Russia. Many people are referring to it as a similar uprising akin to what happened during the Poll Tax Riots.

London got hit with violent riots back in 1990 when the government introduced the poll tax, but scrapped it a few years later thanks to the efforts of a coalition of interest groups among both working-class and middle-class Britons.

Don't Pay is a revolutionary and disruptive push initiated by a Facebook user to refuse to pay for energy bills as long as the prices keep on increasing.

Average energy bills in the UK are forecast to increase 283% by January 2023.

"Millions of us won’t be able to afford food and bills this winter,” asserts the "Don't Pay" manifesto. “We cannot afford to let that happen. We demand a reduction of bills to an affordable level. We will cancel our direct debits from October 1st if we are ignored.”

However, not everyone agrees with this and warns that people might end up paying even higher energy prices if they refuse to pay their bills and more companies leave the market. This would be because there would be fewer companies competing to create a pricing monopoly.

Next year inflation is estimated to be 15%. This is the result of chaotic events that have occurred this year that have had a serious negative impact on the currency and Ukraine's support from Europe has not helped.

Meanwhile, it seems that BP is on the upswing financially after their last quarterly report.

Tom Scott, a campaigner, has warned that riots are almost inevitable if things don't change. “There was a major riot in London,” Scott reported to the Telegraph. “That’s not something I would like to see, but I think it’s almost inevitable that unless the Government does take much more effective action to help people, there will be widespread civil unrest.”

A recent poll has found that 51% of Brits think that there will be more cost of living riots later this year.

Martin Lewis, Britain’s self-proclaimed money saving expert has also proclaimed that civil unrest “isn’t far away”

He has said that: “The big movement that I am seeing is an increase of growth in people calling for a non-payment of energy bills, mass non-payment. Effectively a consumer strike on energy bills and getting rid of the legitimacy of paying that.”

Even though Mr Lewis said that the movement was “small at the moment”, he then explained that: "Once it starts becoming socially acceptable not to pay energy bills people will stop paying energy bills and you’re not going to cut everyone off.”

Police forces in the UK are preparing for a wave of civil unrest caused by the economic crisis. Violence has already erupted in some other countries as people are pushed to the brink by the enduring global economic turmoil.

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