Thousands of protesters gathered in protests across the UK on Saturday to demand that the government pass on soaring energy costs to suppliers rather than low-income workers.
A protest in Downing Street today saw around 100 people, including former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, hold signs reading ‘tax the rich’ and ‘freeze energy bills, not the people’.
People took to the streets of London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Glasgow, Hanley, Hull, Ipswich, Lancaster, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Peterborough, Portsmouth , Preston, Redcar, Sheffield and Southampton.
Notably in Belfast, campaigners were demanding that every household in Northern Ireland be given £1,000 to help mitigate the rising cost of fuel and food.
Meanwhile, outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Whitehall, campaigners gave speeches calling on the government to freeze energy bills and increase benefits.
A 17-year-old protester from north London said the rising cost of living was “a huge problem for many people”.
Speaking near No 10, Isabella Fula said: ‘A lot of people I know are suffering from this personally, and a lot of people who used to live in my area have now moved out due to rising rents and utility bills. ‘energy.
“People are not earning enough to support themselves and buy food, or even pay bills that are increasing by the minute.
“I am here to protest against the rent and its rise, and to try to aim for a better future.”
It comes after a cabinet minister earlier said it was not possible to “completely undo” energy price pressures.
But Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the government is “looking…at all levels at what we are doing with public money”, and “will provide whatever support we can as we go along.” as we can” to ease the sting of rising prices.
Talk to Sky NewsMr Lewis added: ‘I know even this week where I live we’re on oil heat I’ve seen that change directly in the price of oil and actually the ability to get it.
“At my house, my family went for a few days where we had no oil, just waiting for suppliers and seeing the very big price increase on that.
“We can’t completely negate the impacts of global markets and global pressure, for example, on energy, which is obviously the main focus right now for most people.
“But we’ll give whatever support we can, as we can, as I said, looking at…at all levels what we’re doing with public money.”
Responding to Mr Lewis’s remarks, now Independent MP Mr Corbyn said it showed the Government was ‘out of touch with the reality of people’ facing poverty due to the rising cost of living.
He told the PA news agency: ‘I think it’s a very out of touch statement from a government that is quite out of touch with people’s reality as well.
“I meet people who are terrified of the next bill, so the minimum we need is an energy price cap, and then we have to say, well look at the profits of the energy companies and look at the hardships of the people who lives .
“I was in a food bank this morning and I was talking to people there who don’t want food that they have to cook, because they can’t afford to turn on the gas and electricity to cook it.
“We are in the 21st century and we are the fifth richest country in the world – this is simply not true and the government must intervene.”