As part of the “Don’t pay” movement tens of thousands of people have cancelled their direct debit payments from 1 October which is being run by anonymous activists.
However Brits are being asked not to take part in this campaign over the soaring rise in energy bills as this “will drive up costs for everyone.”
This comes as millions are being driven into poverty and it was also reported that Brearley earned more than “£300,000 in pay and perks” plus he was given a £15,000 bonus in 2020.
Following his interview with the BBC, the “Don’t pay” group tweeted, “Boss of Ofgem on £300,000 a year tells us to suck it up.
“Well we’re not this time.
“Sort out this mess otherwise we have no other option but to strike.
“Stand together and resist!”
#Don’tpay wrote on Tiwtter, “75,000 people have pledged to strike on October 1st!
“If the government & energy companies refuse to act then ordinary people will!
“Together we can enforce a fair price and affordable energy for all.”
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ofgem’s CEO Jonathan Brearley warned that if the public do not pay their bills that this could “drive up costs for everyone.”
Brearly said, “I know everyone is extremely worried about paying their energy bill.
“But absolutely I would not encourage anyone to join a campaign like this for two reasons.
“First of all, it will drive up costs for everyone across the board.
“And secondly, if you are facing difficulty in paying your bill, the best thing you can do is get in touch with your energy company.”
He added, “I would not encourage anyone to withhold their paying their bill because that just damages things further and it will impact them personally.”
Speaking to Energy Live News, a Don’t Pay spokesperson said, “We’re facing a catastrophe this winter.
“Millions won’t be able to pay to keep their homes warm and that will result in thousands of people freezing to death.
“The only way we will avert this is if millions of us refuse to pay these extortionate prices and collectively force Ofgem and the government to act in the interests of the people and not the energy industry.”