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Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (September 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:

Anti-poverty champion urges people to stay warm this winter

24 August 2019

People are being reminded to need to check if they qualify for the UK Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. (Powys County Times)

Low income groups hit hardest by no-deal Brexit

18 August 2019

A no-deal Brexit will disproportionately affect low-income groups because a higher proportion of their money goes on food and fuel, says a leaked government paper. (iNews)

Inequality in support for home energy efficiency

21 August 2019

Governments support to help homeowners improve fuel efficiency varies widely throughout the UK. (Energy Saving Trust)

Developing community energy, with some help from Europe

29 August 2019

Energy generated and used locally opens up independence from the big, dominant energy companies – and brings community benefits. (Energy Saving Trust)

Brave decisions in housing are needed to tackle the climate crisis

25 July 2019

As concerns over the climate crisis intensify, housing associations must step up with some bold actions, argues Richard Jennings. (Inside Housing)

Trust opens funding for projects supporting vulnerable consumers

14 August 2019

Charities that have innovative ideas can apply for a share of £10m from the Energy Redress Scheme. (Third Sector)

Council tenants are having their energy supplier switched

2 August 2019

Thousands of council tenants signed up to a problem-plagued solar energy scheme are being moved to a new electricity supplier. (Stoke Sentinel)

Guide to choosing and installing a new boiler

29 July 2019

Energy efficient houses are a growing trend in the UK and around the world. (Property Road)

Bid now for zero carbon community projects

6 August 2019

South Cambridgeshire’s community groups can now bid for a share of just over £91,000 from a new fund that aims to help create a cleaner, greener future. (Cambridge Network)

Youngsters to benefit from funding to tackle holiday hunger

5 August 2019

Reducing fuel poverty one of the aims of Durham County Council’s Poverty Action Steering Group. (East Durham News)

Fuel poverty group hit out over ‘inequality’

26 August 2019

A campaign group in the far north is lobbying to meet local politicians to discuss unfair fuel poverty charges. (Press & Journal)

Energy firm launches £1m home comfort scheme

17 August 2019

Local residents could be eligible for a ‘Home Comfort 50/50’ grant to switch to natural gas and improve the energy efficiency of their home. (Causeway Coastal Community)

One in eight Devon children living in poverty

12 August 2019

One in eight children live in poverty in Devon, says a study to address ten health and wellbeing challenges that the county faces. (Radio Exe)

Second review into home insulation scheme

31 July 2019

A SCHEME to help combat fuel poverty has backfired on rural Arfon residents who say it was not 'fit for purpose.' (North Wales Chronicle)

How can countryside living be more affordable?

10 July 2019

The government has set targets to deliver 300,000 new homes a year but how many of these will be in rural communities? (Inside Housing)


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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