MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
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.
2017 A charity is fighting to raise vital funds for the elderly as the weather turns colder.
(Northern Echo - 5 December)
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 - 28 November 2017)
More than a quarter of Scottish households are still living in fuel poverty despite a fall in fuel prices.
(Third Force News - 5 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 - 6 December 2017)
Almost 140 homes across a West Yorkshire district have been helped out of fuel poverty in time for Christmas.
(Keighley News - 11 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 - 4 December 2017)
More than 3.2million households in England and Scotland are fuel poor, according to official statistics.
(Voltimum - 21 November 2017)
Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign.
(Weston Mercury - 24 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 - 17 November 2017)
A raft of measures to help vulnerable people living in fuel poverty this winter have been launched by council bosses.
(Hemel Today - 7 December 2017)
Hundreds of older people at risk from freezing temperatures this winter could be helped by the Wiltshire Community Foundation.
(Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard - 19 November 2017)
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