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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: 

Charity's mission to tackle fuel poverty in Durham
5 December 2017
A charity is fighting to raise vital funds for the elderly as the weather turns colder. (Northern Echo)

Surviving Winter campaign hits £10k in first week
23 November 2017
Donations to a Surviving Winter campaign have hit £10,000, just a week after this year’s appeal began. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Millions of people face fuel poverty crisis
28 November 2017
According to a new study, more than three in ten people in the UK say they are too scared to put their heating on because they fear crippling fuel bills. (Mature Times)

New figures reveal 27% living in fuel poverty
5 December 2017
More than a quarter of Scottish households are still living in fuel poverty despite a fall in fuel prices. (Third Force News)

Campaign to help elderly people survive winter
6 December 2017
A campaign to help the most vulnerable in our communities to stay warm and well this winter has just been launched in Devon. (South Hams Gazette)

Homes helped out of fuel poverty
11 December 2017
Almost 140 homes across a West Yorkshire district have been helped out of fuel poverty in time for Christmas. (Keighley News)

Multi million pound service to reduce fuel poverty
4 December 2017
Thousands of people across Cornwall will be lifted out of fuel poverty and live in warmer homes following an £8m funding investment over the next year. (Falmouth Packet)

Fuel poverty continues but still not enough funding
21 November 2017
More than 3.2million households in England and Scotland are fuel poor, according to official statistics. (Voltimum)

Campaign to protect hundreds living in fuel poverty
24 November 2017
Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign. (Weston Mercury)

1m UK families unable to pay fuel bills this winter
(17 November 2017)
More than one million families in England will not have the cash to cover basic living costs this winter, a new study claims. (Metro)

Help for Hertfordshire’s vulnerable to stay warm
7 December 2017
A raft of measures to help vulnerable people living in fuel poverty this winter have been launched by council bosses. (Hemel Today)

Community appeal to keep Wiltshire residents warm
19 November 2017
Hundreds of older people at risk from freezing temperatures this winter could be helped by the Wiltshire Community Foundation. (Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard)


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
Kilworthy Park
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