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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: 


Help is available to keep warm during winter
11 January 2018
A HELPING hand is being offered to try and improve conditions for people living in cold, damp homes by campaign group Warm and Well. (Northern Echo)

Hundreds to benefit from lower fuel bills
4 January 2018
RESIDENTS across Renfrewshire are set to benefit from lower fuel bills this year as an energy efficiency scheme is expanded. (The Gazette)

Robin Hood Energy posts £7.6m loss
16 January 2018
Council-owned Robin Hood Energy has posted a £7.6 million loss for the year to the end of March 2017. (Utility Week)

One in eight northern households battle fuel poverty
22 December 2017
On average, 11% of households in England are fuel poor – but the figure is as high as 13.3% of households in north-east England. (The Times)

MP demands government action on fuel poverty
29 December 2017
THE Government needs to do more to make homes energy efficient in order to combat fuel poverty, a Bolton MP has said. (Bolton News)

You can help tackle winter fuel poverty
30 December 2017
More than £23,000 has been raised by generous donors to help elderly residents who can’t afford heating this winter. (EDP24)

Winter poverty means choice of heating or eating
23 December 2017
The Surviving Winter campaign has handed out more than £8,000 in grants to help pay for heating costs for those in need across Norfolk. (EDP24)

Funding available to help reduce fuel poverty
4 January 2018
COUNCILLORS are to vote on Darlington's participation in a project that aims to address issues relating to fuel poverty. (Northern Echo)

Looking at work of Dorset Community Foundation
16 January 2018
(Dorset Echo)
The Dorset Community Foundation is working to combat fuel poverty this winter.

Call to stop Highland fuel surcharge ‘rip-off’
7 January 2018
Ministers are being urged to end a “rip-off” which forces Highland households to pay more for electricity than people in the rest of the UK. (The Times)

Fuel bank heats more than 1,000 homes this winter
29 December 2018
The npower Fuel Bank, which works alongside Durham’s food bank, gives out pre-payment meters vouchers for gas and electricity. (Northern Echo)

Thousands of homes to see their energy bills double
18 December 2017
With annual increases of up to £418 more families may face fuel poverty, forcing them to choose between heating and eating. (The Mirror)

Staying warm in Highlands costs £400 a year more
14 January 2018
People in the Highlands pay about £400 a year more in electricity bills than the rest of Scotland (The Times)


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
PL19 0BZ

T: 01822 851370
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