Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (January 2019)

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:

Loyal customers to pay fair energy prices

1 January 2019

A new price cap will benefit 11m households who have stayed loyal to energy suppliers on poor value tariffs, says the government. (UK Government)

Keep older people safe, warm and well

10 January 2019

Lancashire residents are being urged to check on vulnerable neighbours and relatives during colder months. (The Visitor)

Grants available to install affordable heating

8 January 2019

Three hundred households in Herefordshire and Shropshire are to benefit from Warm Homes Grants to install efficient affordable heating. (Ledbury Reporter)

MP backs warm homes fuel poverty campaign

23 December 2018

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has backed a campaign to help people struggling to heat their homes. (South Wales Argus)

More than 5,000 homes face higher fuel bills

7 January 2019

Almost one in seven families in Harborough could face higher fuel bills this winter because they aren’t connected to the gas mains. (Harborough Mail)

11% of West Norfolk people live in fuel poverty

8 January 2019

More than 40% of families in West Norfolk could face higher fuel bills this winter. (KLFM 967)

£150,000 to help disabled people avoid fuel poverty

12 January 2019

A West Midlands charity has been awarded £150,000 to help disabled people avoid fuel poverty. (Planet Radio)

Cornish families could face higher winter fuel bills

6 January 2019

More than four in ten families in Cornwall could face higher fuel bills this winter because they are not connected to the gas mains. (Pirate FM)

£87,000 in funding for Rural Coffee Caravan

22 December 2019

A charity which combats rural loneliness and fuel poverty has secured £87,000 in funding for a new vehicle and staff. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Regulator upgrades six housing associations

19 December 2018

Six housing associations have seen their ratings for governance upgraded by the Regulator of Social Housing. (Inside Housing)

'Cashless society' leaves rural communities behind

18 December 2018

Rural communities could bear the brunt of continuing moves towards a cashless society when it comes to paying for fuel and other necessities. (This is Money)

Fuel poverty risk for rural homes

29 December 2018

Parts of rural East Lancashire are being placed in fuel poverty because of their lack of connections to the gas network, a study has found. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Fuel poverty campaign launched

19 December 2019

The Labour Party has launched a Christmas campaign to tackle fuel poverty across Scotland. (Dumbarton Reporter)

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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