Today, Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group took to the toasty Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, in protest against fuel poverty. The point was clear: many of those present couldn’t afford to heat their homes, so have no choice but to spend their days in warm public spaces. Pensioners took to the festival hall to make clear the injustice of being forced out of their own homes by the cold.
The reaction of Festival Hall security had to be seen to be believed: the police were called within minutes. This resulted in a group of pensioners – sitting down with hot cups of tea and talking about how they’re surviving rocketing bills – being threatened with arrest.
Having been forced outside, people donned emergency blankets to keep warm outside, with the EDF-sponsored London Eye in view.
Pensioners in the UK are too cold to heat their homes, but when they try and get warm somewhere else, they’re evicted. This is why we’re taking to the streets this weekend.