Questions asked over Scottish Power's sponsorship of fuel poverty event

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A row has broken out over one of the 'Big Six' sponsoring a fuel poverty conference.

The campaign group Fuel Action Poverty has voiced its disapproval of Scottish Power sponsoring a national conference on fuel poverty which begins today (Sept 16).

Speaking for the group, Clare Welton said: "In order to really tackle fuel poverty, we need to see investment in renewables and have the control of energy in the hands of communities, not money-grabbing energy companies who continue to hike their prices year on year."

However, National Energy Action, the organiser of the conference set to be held in Harrogate, said the fact Scottish Power was in support of the event, made the choice of using it as a sponsor a sensible one.

A spokesman for the NEA said: "Really, we are critical of the government for not providing the funds from direct taxation rather than relying on energy companies."

A Scottish Power spokesperson added: "Our support helps National Energy Action to host a very important conference that brings together a range of experts to discuss the issues of fuel poverty and ways to tackle fuel poverty.

"We have supported the conference previously in 2010, and we are happy to be able to help out again this year."

Scottish Power is one of the participants of the government's Green Deal scheme. The initiative is aimed at making homes more energy-efficient and cutting down the cost of energy bills by offering energy consumers loans on things such as boiler replacements, loft insulation and other such measures.

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