The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

Rural England launches report looking into fuel poverty in rural areas

Southern Water and Farming UK announced that the Countryside and Community Research Institute and Rural England CIC presented a report, sponsored by five utility companies: Cadent, GEUK, Southern Water, Wales & West Utilities, and Western Power Distribution, along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; to explore the rural dimension to vulnerability, as experienced by customers

The overall aim of this study was to understand better the lived experience of a range of customers in vulnerable situations who live in rural areas of England, to assess the importance of rurality as a factor compounding vulnerability, and to consider in the light of these factors, whether more or better-designed PSR (Priority Service Register) support could be provided.

Southern Water believes that only a small proportion of eligible customers in its region are currently registered on their PSR and urges their customers who are reading this report to enquire for further details.

Full articles:

Southern Water - Rural England launches report looking into fuel poverty in rural areas

Farming UK - Rural areas set to be hit hardest by expected energy bill rise


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