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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: 

Energy-positive homes 'could cut fuel bills by 60%'
9 August 2017
A design concept which turns homes into power stations has the potential to cut household fuel bills by more than 60%, says a report. (BBC Online)

Annual fuel poverty statistics published
29 June 2017
The government has published its annual fuel poverty statistics report for 2017. (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)

Review to ensure affordable energy for homes
6 August 2017
An independent review into the cost of energy is to recommend ways to keep energy prices as low as possible. (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)

Fund will help tackle rural fuel poverty
1 August 2017
A £150m fund to install affordable heating solutions in fuel poor homes could benefit rural households. (RSN Online)

What the Warm Homes Fund means for housing
7 July 2017
Sarah Daly of Sustainable Homes scrutinises a new £150m fund aimed at tackling fuel poverty. (Inside Housing)

Former MP tackles fuel poverty
29 June 2017
Former government minister and Worcester MP Mike Foster has taken on a new role to help tackle fuel poverty in the UK. (Worcester News)

OPINION: Focus on boilers to tackle fuel poverty
30 June 2017
The government should focus on boilers – rather than insulation – to tackle fuel poverty, argues Energy & Utilities Alliance chief executive Mike Foster. (HVP)

Fuel poverty will kill 80 people daily this winter
29 June 2017
Around 80 old people will die every day this winter due to fuel poverty, say charities. (Third Force News)

Research prompts new approach to fuel poverty
23 June 2017
A Manchester PhD student’s early research has provided the European Union (EU) with a new tool for measuring fuel poverty. (Manchester University)

Fuel poverty project launches with trust funding
2 June 2017
A joint venture is being launched to support low-income families in Scotland facing fuel poverty. (UK Fundraising)

Cold reality of fuel poverty
5 July 2017
The Government’s latest fuel poverty statistics have highlighted the plight of thousands of households in Cornwall struggling with the cost of keeping warm. (Business Cornwall)

Households switch suppliers after council partnership
21 June 2017
More than 1,000 households in Corby have switched their energy bills to an independent supplier since they launched their partnership with the borough council in March. (Northamptonshire Telegraph)

OPINION: Time to re-evaluate electric heating
15 July 2017
Various drivers for electric heating are gaining in importance, says Colin Timmins of BEAMA (Inside Housing)

Council pledges to do more to tackle poverty
14 July 2017
South Lakeland District Council is working on a new approach called Tackling Poverty Together. (Westmorland Gazette)


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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