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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: 


Fuel poverty kills thousands every year – charity
26 February 2018
The UK has the sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe with thousands dying preventable deaths every year. (LocalGov)

Are council-backed entrants answer to fuel poverty?
2 February 2018
Are council-backed energy companies the answer to solving the fuel poverty crisis? David Blackman investigates. (Utility Week)

Fuel poverty campaigners call for tougher targets
31 January 2018
Housing campaigners are calling for tougher targets to end fuel poverty. (Third Force News)

Householders advised how to cut energy bills
18 February 2018
Cornish charity Community Energy Plus and the CPR Foodbank hosted a drop-in advice event to help householders enjoy warmer homes. (Falmouth Packet)

Housing association’s fuel poverty work recognised
15 February 2018
WORK by energy wardens to help combat fuel poverty in North Wales has received a trio of commendations. (North Wales Chronicle)

National award for fuel poverty project
26 February 2018
A community energy project has won a national award for its part helping to tackle fuel poverty in north Devon. (North Devon Gazette)

More than 10% 'fuel poor' says report
27 February 2018
MORE than 60,000 households in Lancashire struggle badly to pay their fuel bills, a new report says. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Pressure on big six to tackle fuel poverty
22 January 2018
The ‘big six’ energy suppliers came under pressure at a fuel poverty summit  about their use of pre-payment meters. (Utility Week)

Help on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
23 February 2018
IF the cost of heating bills means you're struggling to stay warm this winter, help is out there. (Bridport News)

Event gives advice to tackle fuel poverty
24 February 2018
ADVICE and support to help tackle fuel poverty has been on hand at a special event on National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. (Northern Echo)

Call for action to combat rise in fuel poverty
23 February 2018
MORE must be done to help rural households which are experiencing fuel poverty, says Oftec.
(Keighley News)

3,000 die because they can't heat their homes
22 February 2018
Campaigners call for action to end 'entirely preventable' tragedy that kills as many people as prostate cancer or breast cancer. (The Independent)

12.2% in South Hams live in fuel poverty
19 February 2018
Government figures show that 4,711 households in Devon's South Hams are experiencing fuel poverty. (Dartmouth Chronicle


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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