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.
18 July 2019
Councillors at a Newark and Sherwood District Council meeting have declared a climate emergency. (Newark Advertiser)
15 July 2019
The government should guarantee that by 2025 no more homes are built that need to be retrofitted to make them more energy efficient. (The Planner)
1 July 2019
Households could be rewarded with cheaper mortgage rates by reducing energy consumption under a new initiative. (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
12 July 2019
The UK will miss its target for cutting climate emissions because of the government’s “failing policy” on energy efficiency, a committee of MPs has warned. (The Independent)
2 July 2019
Research report by RSM UK Consulting and the Committee on Fuel Poverty's recommendations. (Committee on Fuel Poverty)
16 July 2019
A new report has stated that improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be vital to meeting climate change obligations. (PBC Today)
14 July 2019
Older housing stock means fuel poverty is more prominent in rural areas. (Inside Housing)
18 June 2019
How society cares for its elderly and most vulnerable is an important yardstick by which we should be judged, says MP Dan Jarvis. (Yorkshire Post)
17 July 2019
YES Energy Solutions has been crowned Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside. (Halifax Courier)
4 June 2019
A majority of housing association tenants have had to disconnect power or turn off heating because they can’t afford it. (Third Force News)
4 July 2019
Energy efficiency measures look set to be installed in 70 Richmondshire homes. (Richmondshire Today)
29 June 2019
A new scheme is aiming to help get people in Lichfield and Burntwood out of fuel poverty. (Lichfield Live)
23 June 2019
Figures reveal the true scale of the problem for families facing 'devastating' knock on effects of social isolation, poorer physical and mental health, and food rationing. (Spire FM)
3 July 2019
An MSP praises a local housing association after its initiative which reduced costs for its tenants, with extra money to spend on community-based projects. (Clydebank Post)
6 June 2019
People living in the north of Scotland are paying considerably more for their energy than those in the south of the country, it has been claimed. (BBC Online)
24 June 2019
Thousands of households in Ashfield are living in fuel poverty, figures show. (Chad)
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