LONDON, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
In a David and Goliath style encounter, one Glaswegian company director has taken on the might of one of the country's biggest energy providers.
Alan Campbell was so outraged when ScottishPower refused to pay back £75 million to some 625,000 customers that he has set up a major campaign to ask them "when they are going to give the money back?"
Alan has spearheaded the issue, which has seen an all-party political group form to put pressure on the energy giant. Alan, and the group of MPs, are calling on the Government to re-open the case against ScottishPower in light of the findings by two firms of liquidators. Mr. Campbell has also opened a national petition and established a website to encourage consumers to form their own view based on the evidence.
"ScottishPower is a multi-billion pound company, and yet they have refused to return monies that are owed to some of the very poorest in society." said Alan Campbell.
The issue came to light in 2011, when Mr. Campbell was assisting the liquidator of PowerPlan Company Ltd's (PPCL) investigation into the responsibility for the failure of ScottishPower's cashback warranty scheme. The cashback warranty applied when people purchased ScottishPower products, like fridges or cookers. At this point they were offered a 100% cash-back warranty, and so long as they didn't claim against the warranty, they were assured by ScottishPower sales staff, in ScottishPower stores, that they would receive 100% of their money back.
However, according to Mr Campbell, the reports of the liquidators illustrate ScottishPower's dishonesty from 2003/4 right up to the present day.
"I was appalled at the newly discovered evidence from ScottishPower's own files" said Mr Campbell. "I want to bring the liquidators evidence into the public domain, so that people can see that ScottishPower acted dishonestly and mis-sold cashback."
"But most of all, I want to help people to get their money back and for the authorities to bring those personally responsible to account."
The website http://www.ScottishPowerBrokenPromises.co.uk and a national advertising campaign alerting consumers to the scandal, launches today (Friday 20 March 2015).
MP for Liverpool Walton and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ScottishPower's Cashback Mis-Selling, Steve Rotheram, added: "The people of Merseyside have been left over £3m out of pocket, not to mention the £75m owed to 625,000 nationally.
"I look forward to working with the APPG on ScottishPower Cashback Mis-selling to get to the bottom of the issue."
Responses will be posted on the website, and reports, letters and documentation are all available to read online at: http://www.ScottishPowerBrokenPromises.co.uk
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The all-party parliamentary group includes:
Andrew Percy MP Brigg and Goole Conservative Gerry Sutcliffe MP Bradford South Labour Steve Rotheram MP Liverpool, Walton Labour Jason McCartney MP Colne Valley Conservative Graham Brady MP Altrincham and Sale West Conservative Mark Garnier MP Wyre Forest Conservative Heather Wheeler MP South Derbyshire Conservative Jessica Lee MP Erewash Conservative Jeremy Lefroy MP Stafford Conservative Caroline Lucas MP Brighton Pavilion Green Derick Twigg MP Halton Labour Bill Esterson MP Sefton Central Labour David Anderson MP Blaydon Labour John Leech MP Manchester, Withington Lib Dem Lord Cotter Lib Dem Gordon Birtwistle MP Burnley Lib Dem Stewart Hosie MP Dundee East SNP Virendra Sharma MP Ealing Southall Labour Rosie Cooper MP West Lancashire Labour Tom Harris MP Glasgow South West Labour
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Notes to Editors
Alan Campbell is a former director at PowerPlan Company Ltd, and as such knows the issue intimately.
Letters have this week been sent out to tens of thousands of consumers, across the UK, who lost out on ScottishPower's mis-sold cashback.