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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: 

Local authority named energy efficient 'council of the year'
16 May 2017
Bromsgrove District Council has been named 'council of the year' by a West Midlands energy efficiency awards. (Bromsgrove Advertiser)

New Rural Community Award announced by Housing Executive
15 May 2017
The ‘Sustainable Village of the Year’ award has been launched as part of the Housing Executive’s Rural Community Awards. (Causeway Coastal Community)

Green heating system accused of causing 'fuel poverty'
30 April 2017
A heating system meant to reduce bills is leaving people in fuel poverty, according to campaigners and residents. (BBC Online)

Reality Check: How many pensioners are living in poverty?
19 May 2017
Are 1.7 million pensioners really living in poverty and a million in fuel poverty? (BBC Online)

‘Fuel poverty’ work carried out on local homes
2 May 2017
Work was carried out on more than 410 properties in Mid and East Antrim during the first two years of a scheme to tackle fuel poverty. (Ballymena Times)

What is the winter fuel payment and how will it change?
18 May 2017
The universal benefit sees millions of elderly people given as much as £300 a year by the Government to help pay heating bills. (The Telegraph)

Older generation support Surviving Winter
18 May 2017
Suffolk’s ‘kind’ older generation will still support Surviving Winter despite Theresa May’s fuel payments overhaul. (EADT)

Devon needs an energy policy to match the region's needs
22 May 2017
Take a look at the main issues that are high on the agenda for most voters ahead of the General Election, and it's unlikely that energy will feature prominently. (Western Morning News)

Labour claims 'almost 12,000 elderly could be hit by Tory heating plans'
22 May 2017
PLANS to scrap the winter fuel allowance have been branded ‘an attack on a whole generation’ by Labour’s Oxford East candidate. (The Oxford Times)

£8.5m backing for district heating project
10 May 2017
An ambitious £17 million district heating project for one of Fife’s biggest towns has took a step closer to becoming a reality with confirmation that the Scottish Government will be committing £8.5 million to the scheme. (Fife Today)

Pensioners Going Without Heat For Nine Months
1 May 2017
Research shows the extent of the health dangers faced by some elderly people affected by poverty. (The Voice)


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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