Let’s take our power back.
1 December, we strike.
258,246 people
have pledged to strike

Don't Pay

Don’t Pay is a grassroots campaign opposing the rise in energy bills. We demand:
  • an immediate reversal of the price hikes
  • an end to the enforcement of prepayment meters
  • and a social energy tariff – so no one goes cold this winter

It’s up to all of us. Let’s build the strike in our local communities and #TakeBackPower.

The Plan:

It’s simple: we’re demanding a reduction of energy bills to an affordable level. Our leverage is mass non-payment – millions of people saying they won’t pay if the government doesn’t step in.

It isn’t a new idea. More than 17 million people refused to pay the Poll Tax in the 1980/90s, forcing the government to abandon the tax. We can do it again.

Now, we’re facing a social catastrophe and have no option other than to act. While energy companies are set to rake in £170 billion in profit in the next two years, we’re paying 96% more than we did last winter.

2 million of us already can’t pay, 7 million are struggling to keep up and we know millions more won’t pay. By pledging to strike, we can bring together everyone who can’t and everyone who won’t pay to fight back as one.

Here’s how we do it:


Build support.

For this to work, we need as many people as possible to join in, take ownership of this campaign and build the strike. It's a big ask, but this crisis is bigger.

So far, we’ve mobilised hundreds of thousands of people and thousands have joined their local Don’t Pay groups. But it’s up to all of us to get out there in our communities – to knock on our neighbours’ doors, hold stalls, run events and spread the word. This is how we build our collective strength.

And it’s how we become what the government and energy companies fear most: a truly grassroots campaign. A campaign run entirely by volunteers across the country, building this up street by street, estate by estate and city by city.

We need people like you to support and build the strike.


Gather a critical mass of pledges.

It’s about safety in numbers: we’ll only do this if we get a critical mass of people pledging to cancel their bills.

Mass non-payment is already underway. 2 million of us already couldn’t pay by the end of June and, now, more than 7 million of us are struggling to keep up with bills. We need to bring everyone into our campaign.

That’s how we demonstrate serious power – our leverage – to the energy companies taking us all for a ride and a government that won’t act in our interests unless we make them.


Withold payment from 1 December unless our demands are met.

If the government and energy companies haven’t met our demands, and we have a critical mass ready to withhold payment, we all stop paying them on the same day.

It’ll only work if we believe in each other and show the powers that be we won’t not stand for being treated like cash cows any longer.

We need help

It's all of us organising and spreading the word that’ll make this happen.

We need a lot of people, so we have to think big. That means aiming to create the infrastructure and seed the idea in a way that brings millions of people together around this action.

Imagine flyering football grounds, festivals, pubs and schools, door to door leafleting. That's why we need people like you to take this idea and run with it. Make it your own and make it work for the people you know.

Join our organisers list and we’ll put you in contact with like minded people in your area!