Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (July 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:

Councillors declare a climate emergency

18 July 2019

Councillors at a Newark and Sherwood District Council meeting have declared a climate emergency. (Newark Advertiser)

Inefficient homes damage efforts to tackle climate change

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)

Households could slash fuel bills with 'green mortgage'

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)

Government will miss climate change targets

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)

Enforcing regulations to enhance energy efficiency

2 July 2019

Research report by RSM UK Consulting and the Committee on Fuel Poverty's recommendations. (Committee on Fuel Poverty)

Report urges government to improve energy efficiency

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)

How can rural living become more affordable?

14 July 2019

Older housing stock means fuel poverty is more prominent in rural areas. (Inside Housing)

Preventing winter deaths must be priority

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)

Energy firm recognised for helping vulnerable customers

17 July 2019

YES Energy Solutions has been crowned Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside. (Halifax Courier)

Fuel poverty forces people to switch off power and heating

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)

70 homes to get energy efficiency improvements

4 July 2019

Energy efficiency measures look set to be installed in 70 Richmondshire homes. (Richmondshire Today)

New scheme helps households out of fuel poverty

29 June 2019

A new scheme is aiming to help get people in Lichfield and Burntwood out of fuel poverty. (Lichfield Live)

1-in-10 households in fuel poverty

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)

Knowes Housing Association help reduce fuel poverty

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)

Scotland's north-south divide in energy costs

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)

Thousands living in fuel poverty in Ashfield

24 June 2019

Thousands of households in Ashfield are living in fuel poverty, figures show. (Chad)

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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