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Fuel poverty

As fuel costs rise, fuel poverty is an increasing challenge - especially for rural communities.

Limited options for fuel in rural localities - many of which lack mains gas - make efficient fuel use and insulation particularly important for countryside communities.

In addition, rural residents face the challenges of lower average wages, an ageing population and single-skin properties.

The Rural Services Network believes the national picture must not be allowed mask this extra rural dimension.


Latest updates:


More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty
30 December 2016
The government is urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords. (The Guardian)

Fair to help people beat fuel poverty
23 January 2016
Tackling fuel poverty is the goal of a Winter Wellbeing Fair being planned in Norfolk. (EDP 24)

Disabled and cold: Fuel poverty is harsh
19 January 2017
Sandra can’t access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early. (The Guardian)

Housing co-op takes national energy award
16 January 2017
A housing co-operative in South Lanarkshire hit success at the annual awards from the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland. (The News)

Call to help fuel poverty campaign
25 January 2017
A national charity is calling on the residents of Lancashire to back its No Cold Homes fuel poverty campaign. (Champion News)

Testing the link between homes and health
11 January 2017
An eight-month research project aims to create the clearest picture yet of links between energy efficiency and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. (Energy Saving Trust)

Government 'mustn't leave fuel poor in cold'
3 January 2017
OFTEC is calling on government to develop a heating strategy that is 'fair for all' amid figures showing a 10% increase in fuel poverty. (Heating, Ventilation & Plumbing)

Value of winter fuel payments to plummet by 2021, Labour warns
31 December 2016
Payments to help pensioners heat their homes are set to “plummet” in value in the next five years, Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has claimed. (Sunday Post)

Tech firm secures £1m to help battle fuel poverty 
11 January 2017
Switchee's thermostat device can provide social landlords with data to help manage housing efficiently. (Business Cloud)

'Efficiency must be at heart of energy strategy'
25 January 2017
Housing associations have called for a strategy to include greater emphasis on increasing the energy efficiency of homes. (Housing News)

Glastonbury Festival founder backs fuel poverty campaign 
4 January 2017
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has joined a campaign to help elderly people avoid fuel poverty this winter. (Somerset County Gazette)

Heating offer for families struggling with fuel poverty
9 January 2017
RESIDENTS struggling to heat their homes have the chance to apply for funding to replace or introduce a central heating system (Redditch Standard)

Fuel poverty will 'last another 25 years without action'
29 December 2016
Families will languish in cold homes for another 25 years unless ministers step up efforts to end fuel poverty, says the Green party. (The Nation)

North Yorkshire partnership to beat fuel poverty gets funds boost
23 January 2017
New funding has been secured to ensure that help to alleviate fuel poverty in England’s largest county can continue until the end of winter. (Yorkshire Post) 


RSN Fuel Poverty News

Latest news from the Rural Services Network

RSN Fuel Poverty Case Studies

How rural communities are managing fuel poverty

Government announcements

Latest reports and statistics

Rural Fuel Poverty

Rural Fuel Poverty

With this tool you can search, find and download maps and data that will help you quantify rural fuel poverty in your area.


In The Community

Calor has a long history of supporting not only the local areas in which it works, but also the rural communities it serves.

Free Yr 1 report

FREE Year One

An overview of the first year of the FREE initiative.

Calor (Free)

FREE Conclusions

Rural communities are at best being left behind and at worst ignored in the drive for energy efficiency improvements.

Heat Map England

Fuel Poverty Map

Calor has worked with the Commission for Rural Communities to match fuel poverty data from England's Housing Condition Survey with areas of England that are off mains gas.

Calor (Free)

Future of Rural Energy

FREE is a three year £1m Calor initiative to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy efficiency advice and behaviours in Britain's off-gas grid communities.

Free Yr 2 report

FREE Year Two

An overview of the second year of the FREE programme - including Village Energy Audits.

Calor (Free)

Energy & Equity

Access to government programmes for rural and off-gas households in England.


Rural Vulnerability Service
Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with the Rural Services Network.


Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor's business in the British countryside.


Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. As an energy provider, it wants rural communities to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.


For details about Calor's work with rural communities, click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on fuel poverty, please click here.

OFS Statistics

Fuel Poverty Statistics
For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, please click here.
More Information

For full details about our Rural Vulnerability Service, contact:

David Inman
Rural Services Network
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