Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (June 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:
Citizens Advice Bureau handed £50k to fight fuel poverty

29 March 2019

A Citizens Advice Bureau in Dorset has been given a £50,000 to help fight fuel poverty. (Dorset Echo)

Why outside the grid does not mean outside of help

19 March 2019

Off-grid living may conjure up romantic ideas of returning to a more natural way of living, the reality for many is much more prosaic. (Energy Saving Trust)

Funding boost for charity to ease fuel poverty

29 March 2019

A Moray charity has received a funding boost to run a project to reduce fuel poverty across the north of Scotland. (Press & Journal)

Concerns over 34,000 fuel-poor homes in Cheshire

30 March 2019

Concerns have been raised over the health of fuel-poor households in Cheshire, with high expenditure on heating pushing many into further financial hardship. (Northwich Guardian)

Warning over high number of fuel poor households

25 March 2019

Government statistics reveal 31,906 people in County Durham cannot afford to adequately heat their home given their income. (The Northern Echo)

Shropshire is ‘extreme’ example of fuel poverty

27 March 2019

Almost half the homes in Shropshire are not connected to the gas network, it can be revealed. (Whitchurch Herald)

Housing association turns to ground source heat pumps

22 March 2019

Together Housing is replacing night storage heaters with ground source heat pumps in more than 700 properties across Lancashire and Yorkshire. (The Construction Index)

Thousands in West Sussex living in fuel poverty

28 March 2019

Rural communities in particularly are struggling to heat their homes, confirms a report which shows 30,709 people in West Sussex are in fuel poverty. (West Sussex County Times)

Cheshire East unveils rural action plan

15 March 2019

Fuel poverty is among the priorities in a rural action plan unveiled by Cheshire East Council to highlight the challenges facing countryside communities. (Cheshire East Council)

Big increase in Suffolk living in fuel poverty

27 March 2019

Pleas have been made to help rural people after a dramatic rise in the number of Suffolk households living in fuel poverty. (Source: EADT)

Councillors call for action over fuel poverty

27 March 2019

Councillors in Hartlepool have called for action over sofa surfing and poverty issues raised by a recent TV series. (Hartlepool Mail)

SSEN joins scheme to tackle fuel poverty

29 March 2019

SSEN has joined forces with energy experts Home Energy Scotland and YES Energy Solutions to offer free advice to vulnerable customers. (Utility Week)

Act plea over ‘shocking’ fuel poverty figures

29 March 2019

More than 122,300 people across the West Yorkshire region are in fuel poverty – with rural areas particularly affected, according to latest figures. (Keighley News)

End fuel poverty by 2032, Scots government urged

25 March 2019

Labour is demanding the Scottish Government be more ambitious by pledging to eradicate fuel poverty entirely by 2032. (Press Association via Aol)

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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