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Welcome to the latest Spotlight on Fuel Poverty - 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.
21 November 2018
Better-off pensioners are being urged to give up their winter fuel allowance to help people in need. (Henley Standard)
28 November 2018
If you receive a Winter Fuel Allowance but feel you don't really need it, how about donating it to charity? (Bournemouth Echo)
7 November 2018
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy publishes the third annual report of the Committee on Fuel Poverty. (Gov.co.uk)
11 December 2018
The impasse over Brexit means other hugely important issues have not been getting the focus they deserve, says MP Gloria De Piero. (Chad)
28 November 2018
The Scottish Government is considering increasing the age at which people are deemed to be vulnerable to cold related illnesses from 60 to between 75 and 80. (Evening Times)
27 November 2018
Following the Social Housing Green Paper’s recognition of a need to rebuild trust it is time for a thorough review of the Decent Homes Standard, argues John Kiely. (Inside Housing)
25 November 2018
Over 17,000 households in Buckinghamshire are living in fuel poverty and struggle to keep warm in winter. (Mix 96)
14 November 2018
A not-for-profit company dedicated to helping low income families stay warm during the winter has gone into administration, putting dozens of jobs at risk. (Chronicle Live)
3 December 2018
The Wiltshire Community Foundation is pushing to help as many as possible to 'Survive Winter' this year. (Spire FM)
14 December 2018
Cheshire West and Chester Council-backed Qwest Energy has announced a new low-cost fuel tariff for residents in the area. (Chester Standard)
19 November 2018
Distribution network operator Electricity North West (ENW) has launched a new £75,000 community energy fund. (Current News)
9 December 2018
A winter campaign aimed at keeping the elderly and vulnerable warm and cared for has surpassed it’s £10,000 milestone in public donations alone. (Eastern Daily Press)
1 December 2018
Glastonbury Festival organiser is dipping into his pocket and asking others to do the same so that people in Somerset don't go cold this winter. (Somerset County Gazette)
12 November 2018
A new scheme will help victims of fuel poverty in Northamptonshire save money on heating and electricity costs. (Northampton Chronicle)
24 November 2018
REACH Community Projects in Haverhill receives a boost from Hopkins Homes Winter Crisis Fund and a helping hand from HMS Vengeance crew members. (Haverhill Echo)
5 November 2018
Rates of fuel poverty remain disturbingly high, with too many households struggling to pay their bills due to low incomes, poor housing standards and higher energy prices. (Utility Week)
16 November 2018
Landlords may need to pay up to £3,500 to improve the energy efficiency of their rented homes, under regulations set to come into force next year. (Which?)
7 December 2018
Scottish EDGE, the funding support system for startups, has awarded a record £1.8 million to 24 businesses. (Daily Business Group)
19 November 2018
A winter campaign has been launched to help those experiencing fuel poverty and lend a helping hand to those isolated in the darkness. (Eastern Daily Press)
5 December 2018
Ministers are under renewed pressure to end the scandal of cold homes after figures revealed a quarter of Scottish households still live in fuel poverty. (Sunday Express)
3 December 2018
Scottish Labour has launched a Christmas campaign on fuel poverty to highlight that the issue will affect one in four homes in Scotland over the holidays. (Press Association)
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