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Pensioners' South Bank sit in exposes fuel poverty

by Mary Phillips
Issue No. 2341

Pensioners sat in at London’s South Bank Centre on Wednesday of last week to highlight the plight of elderly people grappling with fuel costs.

Members of the Southwark Pensioners Action Group carried out the protest.

We were told we were not allowed to demonstrate there because the building belongs to a private company.

We pointed out that we were too cold at home and outside, but that it was really nice and warm where we were now sitting.

Security guards said we could not give out leaflets.

The police came and told us if we did not leave they would arrest us and charge us with trespass.

We have always understood that ordinary people have the right to enter and enjoy the facilities at the South Bank.

We stayed for more than half an hour and gave out hundreds of leaflets. We then went on to the London Eye, which is owned by energy company EDF.

We gave out leaflets publicising the national Fuel Poverty Action campaign which was to culminate in a protest outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change in Whitehall on Saturday at 2pm.

Thousands of people die every year from the cold while the energy companies make huge profits.

Pensioners are furious at the great fuel robbery.

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