Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (August 2018)

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.

Latest headlines:

Households overpaying on energy bills by £4bn a year

Households across the UK are overpaying on their energy bills to the tune of £4 billion each year, according to new analysis. (Evening Express)

Fuel poverty campaigners support energy survey

A UK-wide campaign which fights to protect vulnerable people living in cold homes has praised a new Swansea Council proposal. (Wales 247)

Research reveals benefits of energy efficiency

Improvements in the efficiency of household energy use can result in benefits for human health and well-being. (Manchester University)

Cap on energy tariffs to become law

An energy price cap will be in place by the winter – protecting millions of households from unfair price rises, says the government. (Gov.UK)

Struggle to break addiction to big energy firms

The UK's big six energy firms have a stranglehold on the market. Now, a clutch of locally-run alternatives are trying to win over customers (Wired)

Why low-income families can't make ends meet

Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that those with small wage packets are considerably worse off than they were 10 years ago. (Independent)

MSPs consider plans for public energy company

MSPs are to study the feasibility of a publicly owned not-for-profit energy company being set up in Scotland. (BBC Online)

Thousands living in fuel poverty in East Devon

Thousands of people in East Devon can’t afford to heat and light their homes properly, putting their health at risk, new figures show. (Exmouth Journal)

One in 10 households living in fuel poverty

More than one in 10 households in England are living in fuel poverty, new figures reveal, in what has been branded a “national scandal”. (Independent)

Solar panels could bring free electricity

At least 1,000 council homes in the Norwich area could be in line for free electricity, as the city council looks to install solar panels on their roofs. (Norwich Evening News)

Government set to miss 2030 target for fuel poor homes

New analysis shows the government will miss its target of ensuring fuel poor households are upgraded to an energy efficiency rating (EPC) of C by 2030. (Utility Week)

Group in running for National Lottery award

A Blaenau Ffestiniog pensioner is calling on the public to help a local environment project win a National Lottery award. (Aberaeron Today)

Locally sourced energy tariffs now available

Local residents are being encouraged to find out about two new energy tariffs offering a choice of green deals in Bath and North East Somerset. (Bath Echo)

Thousands are suffering from ‘fuel poverty’

Across the east of England, around 240,000 households are in fuel poverty, says a report. (Basildon Echo)

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural England Community Interest Company in association with the Rural Services Network.

Calor was set up 80 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75% of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor recognises the need to address climate change and energy efficiency and so has introduced bioLPG to the UK market in 2018, the first LPG supplier to do so. BioLPG requires no changes to the customer’s appliances, it just reduces carbon emissions by up to 80% and burns just as cleanly as fossil LPG.

Furthermore, Calor’s transport solution – LPG Autogas – can deliver significant air quality and environmental benefits, and at around half the cost of petrol and diesel benefits the hard-pressed motorist too. Over 150,000 motorists already benefit from this cleaner and affordable fuel, which is available from over 1,400 refuelling stations across Britain.


Articles in this newsletter are included for information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Services Network, Rural England CIC or Calor.

Reports and Publications:

For reports & publications on fuel poverty, click here

For reports & publications on rural broadband, click here

For reports & publications on rural transport, click here

National Statistics:

For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural transport, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, click here

Useful links:
Fuel Poverty:

Citizens Advice
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy UK
Committee on Fuel Poverty
Health Housing & Fuel
   Poverty Forum

National Energy Action


Broadband for the Rural North
Broadband Delivery UK
Rural Broadband Partnership
Dept Culture, Media & Sport
Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA)

Citizens Advice
Campaign for Better Transport
Community Transport Ass'n
CPRE - Transport campaign
Department for Transport
Plunkett Foundation
Transport for Quality of Life

How to save local buses
Guide for those wishing to save local buses from cuts
Buses in crisis
How rural communities have been most damaged by cuts
Integrated transport
How to integrate transport into new developments (pdf)
Transport e-Bulletin
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