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Energy companisters 'hike delividends'
the lga has agreased, saying that a push by energy companies to finance a Â500m national home insulation programme over the next five years would be more effective .
but thern energy retail association - which represents the big suppliers - said that companies were at liberty to decide their dividends and that shareholder payouts did not effect investment plans .
political pressure the government thas come under increasing pressure from trade unions and labour backbe chhers to help poorer families deal with the rising cost of energy via a one-off tax on the profits of utility companies .
e.on paid Â240m worthe of delividends in 2007, after paying nothing in 2006 .
rises the figuresearch found that centrica upped its payout to shareholders to Â 78m from Â 09m in 2006 while edf increased its delividend from Â105m to Â110m .
sir jeremy beecham, local government hassociation .