MARTIN Lewis has issued a warning over a campaign calling for energy customers to stop paying their energy bills.
The “Don’t Pay” campaign is calling on households to stop paying bills as suppliers post record profits while an energy crisis continues.
The campaign likens its plans to the Poll Tax revolt in the late 1980s and 1990s.
It's amassed 89,000 Twitter followers so far, and highlights that BP, Shell and British Gas had made “tens of billions in profits already this year…Don’t Pay for their profits”.
But charities have warned households that there could be "serious consequences" if they stop paying bills.
For example, your supplier could appoint a debt collector to chase your money down.
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Or a warrant could be granted which could allow your supplier to enter your home and fit a pre-payment card meter.
Martin Lewis issued a warning to households about the movement on ITV's Peston show.
He said: "The big movement I am seeing is an increasing growth of people calling for a non payment of energy bills process – effectively a consumer strike."
He said that there will be "exponential problems" if people stop paying their bills and the government doesn't get a handle on the situation.
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What help can I get to help me with my energy bills?
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do to escape the rising energy prices.
As the cost of living and inflation rises, everyone is going to be affected.
However, help is available through various schemes and funds.
British Gas have a hardship fund which may mean you could loan up to £1,500 free cash towards your bills.
If you have a pre-payment meter, you could receive a one off fuel voucher. You'll need to contact your supplier directly to see what's being offered and whether you could be eligible.
The Household Support Fund will also help support families during the cost of living crisis, which provides you with cash to pay your bills or food costs.
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed earlier this year that every household would receive a £400 discount towards their energy bills.
Pensioners are also able to receive an extra £300 in November or December.
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If you're struggling with your bills these organisations are here to help:
- National Debtline – 0808 808 4000
- Step Change – 0800 138 1111
- Citizens Advice – 0808 800 9060
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