Martin Lewis became embroiled in a tense debate over the soaring cost of energy bills with the boss of OVO Energy this morning.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, chief executive of the energy company, described the coming months as ‘a winter like no other’ during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
He added that there are ‘lots of things the Government can do in the next twelve weeks’ to ease the cost of living crisis and ‘lighten the load’ on British households.
And with many people pledging to cancel their direct debit payments this October, Fitzpatrick also claimed that refusing to pay bills was ‘not the British way’.
He said: “In terms of the campaign for Don’t Pay UK, I think we all understand there are going to be millions of people in the UK this winter that are really going to struggle and aren’t going to be able to pay.
“But I think when I see campaigns calling for people, that even those that can afford, not to, I don’t think that’s really the British way.”
However, the Money Saving Expert Founder, who stood in as one of the show’s presenters, said such a ‘huge mass movement’ would cause problems for energy companies.
Lewis said: “What’s interesting is people keep asking me what happens if people don’t pay? And my view is if it were to be a huge mass movement, one of the options you’d have if people choose not to pay as opposed to are struggling and can’t pay is you’d move people to prepayment meters.
“But you couldn’t do a million prepayment meters in the winter as an energy industry. So we are in unprecedented times if that were to happen, aren’t we?”
He also questioned Fitzpatrick over his own company’s record profits while the public struggle to make ends meet.
Lewis asked: “I have to put this to you as well… a lot of people say: why are you sitting there, talking like this, when you’re a fat cat making the profits, ripping people off. How do you answer that charge?”
At this, Fitzpatrick responded: “There are a lot of companies making extraordinary large profits. Not necessarily by doing anything wrong but they are making a lot of money.
“I set up a retail energy business thirteen years ago, only in retail, we only work on behalf of customers. We have no invested interests, except for what is good for customers.”
This comes as the Don’t Pay UK gains momentum, with over 170,000 Brits pledging to cancel their direct debits in October in a bid to get energy companies to bring down their monthly costs.
Though Fitzpatrick isn’t the only CEO to speak out against the movement, with the boss of the UK’s energy regulator Ofgem previously issuing a warning to those thinking of taking part, saying it could hike costs even higher.
He said last month: “I would not encourage anyone to withhold their paying their bill because that just damages things further and it will impact them personally.”
Ian Brown fans ‘gutted’ after singer plays sold-out gig with no band and ‘butchers own tunes’
’50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar’
Ian Brown fans have been taking to social media to express their disappointment after the Stone Roses singer performed a sold-out gig without a band.
Brown kick-started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy last night, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th).
Despite the anticipation surrounding the tour, however, fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance last night thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as Brown ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’
Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.
“I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”
After his video went viral, Steven followed up his tweet by writing: “Feel a bit bad about this now, I was just so disappointed.
“We all know Ian can’t sing but there’s always a band to bring it together. Some onstage chemistry, the drummer’s energy, the guitarist’s musicianship. I think if there’s no band you should tell people up front.”
Other fans were quick to express their anger over the gig too, with another concert-goer writing: “50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar.”
Another commented: “Wow, that’s horrific. A massive Roses fan but think he needs to retire gracefully now like.”
However, some fans were quick to defend the singer’s performance, with one person writing: “Top night in Leeds thanks to Ian Brown. Ignore the twitter w*****s, I was there and I saw a sold out show full of people on their feet enjoying every minute.”
A second commented: “Thank you Ian Brown for the best concert ever at Leeds 02 Academy. You were incredible.”
Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Glasgow, with following shows scheduled for Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Furious man confronts fly-tippers dumping huge 7ft fridge in Salford
The fly-tippers were forced to carry the fridge back
A furious homeowner has shared the moment he caught two fly-tippers dumping a huge 7ft fridge next to his house in Salford.
David Holmes, forty-seven, came across two men attempting to leave an old fridge on his property near Edward Avenue over the weekend.
He filmed the altercation and shared the video onto TikTok, where it has since had over 1.4 million views.
In the explosive clip, David could be heard asking the men: “Why have you put that there next to my f*****g house?”
The fly-tippers, who reportedly run a local takeaway in the area, were evidently not expecting to be caught out and, in a second video, could be seen carrying the fridge back while quietly apologising.
David told the Manchester Evening News that he had initially called Salford Council to report the fly-tippers after catching them in the act from his house but, being unsatisfied with their response, ‘lost control’ and went out to confront them himself.
He explained: “We have had problems with fly-tippers on this location but we go out there and pick it up. But obviously when it’s a seven foot fridge you can’t pick that up and put it in a bin.
“I called the council and they said they were going to come and remove it but I said ‘no, they need charging and fining’.
“When I first seen it I felt rage because last night I saw them taking that fridge out the shop. Why would you dump something like that next to our house, they’re supposed to be my neighbour, they can’t go around dumping stuff.”
David said the council needs to do more to combat fly-tippers, adding: “I wanted them to come down to take some names and ID’s. Charging and fining is the only way this will stop.”
Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment and community safety, Salford City Council, said: “Salford City Council received a call from a resident about an encounter with fly-tippers.
“Enforcement officers visited the site. At this stage no offence has been committed but this case is not closed and officers are investigating further with the information provided.If residents do spot fly-tipping we would advise them not to confront offenders.
“Instead, they should record details such as personal descriptions along with the registration number and make and model of any vehicles used. Residents should stay safe while they are doing this and pass all the information they have gathered to the council.”
GMP seize purple Lamborghini for driving ‘antisocially’ around Salford Quays
In certain parts of Greater Manchester nuisance drivers are a real issue for residents.
One such area is Salford Quays, with people driving around late at night and keeping people up at ungodly hours.
This was the case earlier this week, when a purple Lamborghini was spotted by police causing a racket in the area.
According to GMP Salford, the brightly coloured sports car was seen ‘driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing danger to others and making a racket during the night’.
As a result the Lamborghini Huracan was seized by officers.
GMP Salford wrote on their socials: “#WhileWeWereAway #GMPTransportUnit spotted this purple Lamborghini driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing a danger to other road users and pedestrians, and making a racket during the night for residents.
“The Huracan was seized under s.59 Police Reform Act #NotSoSuperCar”.