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Fuel poverty

As fuel costs rise, fuel poverty is an increasing challenge - especially for rural communities.

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 properties.

The Rural Services Network believes the national picture must not be allowed mask this extra rural dimension.


Latest updates: 

Residents offered funds to help them stay warm
2 November 2017
Ribble Valley residents at risk of poor health from living in cold have been offered funds to help them fight fuel poverty. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Rural heating oil theft soars 50% in six years
11 November 2017
Thefts of heating oil from rural homes across the UK have soared by 51 per cent in just six years, according to a new report yesterday. (Mail Online)

Half of energy customers are on poor value deals
1 November 2017
Six in 10 energy customers pay over the odds for their gas and electricity, says the energy regulator Ofgem. (Which?)

Clever tricks to cut your energy bills
2 November 2017
As new figures show Brits waste £2.2bn a year on heating, we explain how to reduce your home energy costs. (

Charity urges people to stock up before winter
19 September 2017
A Norfolk charity is urging people who depend on heating oil for their homes to buy early and save money ahead of the colder weather. (Eastern Daily Press)

Support for households in fuel poverty
16 November 2017
This new training event will focus on the funding and support available through Home Energy Scotland for households in fuel poverty. 

New service keeps people Warm & Well
27 October 2017
North Yorkshire County Council has awarded a contract to deliver Winter Health Coordination to Citizens Advice. (North Yorkshire County Council)

‘Fuel Bank’ to help ‘heat or eat’ dilemma
5 November 2017
More than a quarter of households in the South East are concerned they will have to go without gas or electricity for a period of time this winter, a YouGov poll suggests. (Chichester Observer)

Fuel poverty calls issued after winter deaths
17 October 2017
An increase in winter deaths has prompting calls for politicians to do more to tackle fuel poverty. (Evening Express)

Inefficient homes must be 'designed out' to hit targets
30 September 2017
Inefficient homes need to be "designed out" before they are built to stop people living in fuel poverty, says a Welsh Assembly Member. (BBC Online)

Oil association launches cold weather initiative
18 October 2017
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers has launched a cold weather priority protocol for vulnerable customers. (Heating, Ventilation and Plumbling)

Community fund open for bids
16 October 2017
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has this month launched a £50,000 fund to support local communities across the north. (Northumberland Gazette)

Energy suppliers 'let down those in debt'
18 October 2017
Customers are building up £600 in accumulated debt before energy companies step in to help, suggests an Ofcom report. (Moneyfacts)

The homes that generate energy
20 September 2017
A small energy generation scheme in a Welsh town could make a big difference to its tenants and the wider environment. (Inside Housing)

New funding for HEAT scheme this winter 
24 October 2017
Residents who are struggling to stay warm in their homes are encouraged to call a free HEAT number for help and advice. (Tamworth Informer)


RSN Fuel Poverty News

Latest news from the Rural Services Network

RSN Fuel Poverty Case Studies

How rural communities are managing fuel poverty

Government announcements

Latest reports and statistics

Rural Fuel Poverty

Rural Fuel Poverty

With this tool you can search, find and download maps and data that will help you quantify rural fuel poverty in your area.


In The Community

Calor has a long history of supporting not only the local areas in which it works, but also the rural communities it serves.

Free Yr 1 report

FREE Year One

An overview of the first year of the FREE initiative.

Calor (Free)

FREE Conclusions

Rural communities are at best being left behind and at worst ignored in the drive for energy efficiency improvements.

Heat Map England

Fuel Poverty Map

Calor has worked with the Commission for Rural Communities to match fuel poverty data from England's Housing Condition Survey with areas of England that are off mains gas.

Calor (Free)

Future of Rural Energy

FREE is a three year £1m Calor initiative to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy efficiency advice and behaviours in Britain's off-gas grid communities.

Free Yr 2 report

FREE Year Two

An overview of the second year of the FREE programme - including Village Energy Audits.

Calor (Free)

Energy & Equity

Access to government programmes for rural and off-gas households in England.


Rural Vulnerability Service
Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with the Rural Services Network.


Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor's business in the British countryside.


Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. As an energy provider, it wants rural communities to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.


For details about Calor's work with rural communities, click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on fuel poverty, please click here.

OFS Statistics

Fuel Poverty Statistics
For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, please click here.
More Information

For full details about our Rural Vulnerability Service, contact:

David Inman
Rural Services Network
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