The danger of actions like ‘We don’t pay’: ignoring your energy bill can have serious consequences

The danger of actions like ‘We don’t pay’: ignoring your energy bill can have serious consequences
The danger of actions like ‘We don’t pay’: ignoring your energy bill can have serious consequences

Co-initiator Peter Terryn (59) is no stranger when it comes to protest actions. The self-proclaimed Minister of Agitation has already organized numerous actions with various goals. “Many of my actions had an artistic or playful approach, but that is not the issue here, as this is not a playful problem. More than a thousand people have already registered via our website.”

Online, ‘We don’t pay’ sounds like a call to ignore the energy bill, but in a response Terryn sounds more nuanced: “We are not calling on people who can pay their bill not to do so. Even if it is difficult to afford, we think it makes more sense to pay anyway. We are talking specifically about people who cannot pay, and who will therefore not do so.”

Terryn announced a letter that will appear on the site one of the coming days that will allow customers who are unable to pay their bill to notify their supplier. We were not yet able to view that letter, so the exact content is still unclear. But if, as the rest of the information on the site suggests, it indicates that the customer will not pay the invoices from 1 October, a strict procedure follows.

In Flanders, it is laid down by law which steps must be followed in the event of non-payment. After a few warnings, the commercial distributor may refuse you and you will automatically switch to network operator Fluvius, where you will pay more expensive rates. Fluvius works with prepaid energy, if that too is not paid, you switch to minimal energy supply. The very last step would be to disconnect you from the network (albeit prohibited between 1 December and 1 March).

The article is in Dutch

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