If you feel exhausted by the cost of living crisis, you are certainly not alone.
It can be difficult to hold on to hope in these dark and dark times, whether you are among the most affected or not.
Millions of people are watching nervously for another rise in the energy bill in October, and again in January 2023 – as inflation has just hit double digits for the first time in over 40 years, and the price of ‘average weekly grocery store soared by more than 11%.
Join a campaign group called Enough Is Enough, who are committed to tackling the UK’s cost of living crisis.
But who is involved and what exactly does the band want?
Here’s what we know so far.
What is the Enough Is Enough campaign and what are its goals?
Simply put, Enough Is Enough is a campaign to push back against the cost of living issues that are sweeping the nation.
Its mission statement reads: “A fair wage, affordable bills, food and a decent place to live. These are not luxuries – these are your rights!’
The group emerged relatively recently – with a nifty promotional video – and held their launch rally at London’s Clapham Grand on Wednesday August 17.
It has five key requirements, which are as follows:
A real pay rise
This means a rise in the minimum wage, with a trajectory towards £15 an hour, and ‘real’ pay rises for public sector workers, pensioners and people on benefits
Reduce energy bills
Which could be achieved by scrapping the price hike planned for October 2022 and sticking to Ofgem’s energy price cap set in April 2022. Eventually the group wants to see all energy companies fall under public control .
Enshrine a “right to food” in law
Which the group say would ideally include “universal free school meals, community kitchens and the reinstatement of the universal credit boost of £20 a week”.
Decent housing for all
In the UK’s so-called ‘rigged’ housing market, Enough Is Enough will advocate for a rent cap, tenants’ rights, the construction of 100,000 (or more) social housing units a year, as well as the insulation of houses.
Raise taxes on the wealthiest among us
By introducing a “wealth tax” on the top 5%, raising taxes on big business, as well as cracking down on tax evasion, tax evasion and non-dom status.
You can read the full details of each request here, as well as details on future rallies and events here.
Who is supporting the Enough Is Enough campaign?
On its website, the band shares who started it and why.
The The group’s website states: ‘We were founded by unions and community organizations determined to fight the misery imposed on millions of people by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, poor housing quality – and a society run solely by a wealthy elite.
It is supported by the following people and organisations:
Both ACORN and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are trade unions – the former being a “mass community organization” and the latter a union representing workers.
Fans Supporting Foodbanks is behind the cause. This is a charity set up by supporters of Liverpool FC and Everton FC – who are notoriously fierce opponents – to provide support to local food banks.
Two incumbent Labor MPs have also backed the campaign – Ian Byrne and Zarah Sultana.
Mr Byrne represents the constituents of Liverpool West Derby and is the founder of the Right to Food Campaign. Meanwhile, Ms Sultana represents the people of Coventry South.
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