Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Fuel Poverty (April 2018)

Welcome to the latest fuel poverty newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

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, solid wall or non-cavity wall properties.

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

Latest updates:
Councils developing subsidy-free solar farms

20 April 2018
Councils are developing "subsidy-free" solar farms and schemes putting panels on homes and businesses to generate funds and cut bills, a report said. (PA via AOL

300,000 rented homes to get cheaper bills

5 April 2018
Tenants are set to benefit from new rules which require rental properties to meet minimum energy efficiency standards before they can be let. (Mirror)

Free heating upgrades for some homes

23 April 2018
Help is on hand from South Humber Energy Efficiency Partnership, thanks to a new scheme it have launched. (Grimsby Telegraph)

Low income homes get £4.3m for heating

3 April 2108
Low income homes across Suffolk will benefit from fully funded central heating systems over the next three years. (Lowestoft Journal)

Poorest homes hit hardest by energycosts

5 March 2018
Energy policy costs should be recovered through taxation rather than being levied on energy bills, says the UK Energy Research Centre. (Utility Week)

Conference held to look at rural poverty issues

29 March 2018
A conference on the impact of fuel poverty on health and well-being was held by Shropshire Rural Community Council (Ludlow Advertiser)

Funding for Heat Melcombe Regis scheme

17 April 2018
A council has secured £1.7 million towards a heating homes scheme for central Weymouth. (Dorset Echo)

Green Matters: Passivhaus has its benefits

26 March 2018
Housing associations in the UK are embracing Passivhaus techniques to reduce energy bills and address fuel poverty. (Worcester News)

Northallerton could have its own heating system

11 April 2018
Councils are exploring the possibility of hooking up North Yorkshire’s county town to its own heating system involving cheaper, cleaner energy. (Northern Echo)

Local energy efficiency projects receive funding

22 March 2018
Two local projects have been given over £100,000 each as part of a Scottish Government scheme which supports actions tackling climate change. (Shetland News)

Landlords call on government to be ambitious

9 March 2018
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on the government to rethink their energy efficiency plans for the private rented sector. (National Landlords Association)

New CEO after Electron secures investment

17 April 2018
Paul Massara, a former member of the BEIS fuel poverty committee has been promoted to the position of chief executive of Electron. (Cleaner Energy News)

Firm challenges homes to £1m energy savings

4 April 2018
A South Shields-based energy consultancy is to look to challenge North East households to save £1m on their energy bills. (Chronicle Live)

Big freeze death toll could rise above 2,000

4 March 2018
The death toll from Britain's big freeze could rise to more than 2,000, as it emerged the Met Office had warned ministers about the cold snap. (Telegraph)

Councillors to consider fuel saving projects

5 April 2018
The Dumfries and Galloway region will benefit from Scottish Government funding to the tune of £2.063 million. (Galloway Gazette)

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