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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: 

Countryside faces ‘fuel poverty’ crisis 
20 August 2017
People living in rural areas have been left behind by government drives to make homes more energy efficient, charities have warned. (The Guardian)

Mixed progress on fuel poverty
17 August 2017
There’s a powerful case for fuel poverty initiatives that target rural areas. But are we overlooking a related concern? (RSN Online)

Addressing the complex problem of fuel poverty
11 September 2017
The government’s definition of who is experiencing fuel poverty is too narrow, argues Lucie Middlemiss. (London School of Economics)

South Hams residents could avoid fuel poverty
11 September 2017
The charity, Citizens Advice states that many South Hams residents could be eligible for money off their fuel bill this winter. (South Hams Gazette)

Low-income homes to get free solar panels
8 September 2017
800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales are to get free solar panels as part of a major new government scheme. (Huff Post)

Residents ‘losing thousands’ to energy suppliers
2 September 2017
Residents in West Norfolk are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds by not shopping around for their heating oil suppliers. (Lynn News)

Lottery money helps fuel poverty service
12 September 2017
Big Lottery funding has been granted to a project to alleviate fuel poverty in Devon. (Devon Live)

Insulation and advice for hard-pressed households
15 August 2017
Hundreds of hard-pressed households in Southend that need a helping hand will receive free insulation, advice and energy-saving measures. (Leigh Times)

Pendle and Burnley have the highest fuel poverty
21 August 2017
EAST Lancashire boroughs have a higher than national average of households struggling to heat their homes, a report has revealed. (Lancashire Telegraph)

£140 off your electricity bill for the winter
30 August 2017
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) is a government scheme aimed at tackling fuel poverty throughout the UK. (Energy Lynx)

Energy partnership to be expanded to wider region
23 August 2017
A council energy partnership will be offered to the midlands and north west region. (Middlewich Guardian)

Council's own company to run energy scheme
31 August 2017
Cheshire East's Skills and Growth Company will run Fairerpower under a new contract (Crew Chronicle)

Housing for locals a priority in Eden, says council
26 August 2017
DELIVERING decent homes for local people remains Eden District Council’s priority, it says. (Westmorland Gazette)

MP to hold household energy event
8 September 2017
Renfrewshire MP Mhairi Black will host a Home Energy Scotland event in her constituency office. (The Gazette)

Peebles set for share of £470k energy pilot
21 August 2017
PEEBLES is set to go greener in a pilot scheme following £470,000 in government funding.
(Peeblesshire News)

Households overpaying £15m on heating oil
1 September
Northern Ireland households are overpaying on heating oil by as much as £15m every year.
(Irish News)


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
Kilworthy Park
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