Spotlight on Vulnerability - Fuel Poverty Edition (October 2018)

Welcome to the latest Spotlight on Fuel Poverty - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

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, solid wall or non-cavity wall properties.

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

Latest headlines:

Fuel poverty groups can apply for £2.5m fund

2 October 2018

The Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme aims to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations. (Third Force News)

You could get money off your electricity bill

11 September 2018

The government'sWarm Home Discount Scheme – which gives a rebate to vulnerable people in England, Scotland and Wales – opens on 15 October. (iNews)

Satellite imagery to help tackle fuel poverty

24 September 2018

Satellite data will be used in a UK project to pinpoint areas where energy efficiency measures are most needed in order to combat fuel poverty and carbon emissions. (The Engineer)

More than 14m people in UK living in poverty

17 September 2018

An extra 2.5 million people are just above the poverty line, meaning relatively small changes could mean they fall below it. (The Independent)

Struggling residents urged to use council's fuel poverty service

9 October 2018

Residents are being urged to make use of a help service after it was revealed that the area has a higher than average rate of fuel poverty. (Scarborough News)

Energy price hike leaves millions facing fuel poverty

17 October 2018

The average price of the cheapest 30 energy tariffs has jumped by more than a fifth in just five months, new analysis has found. (The Independent)

Thousands suffer cold, as fuel poverty crisis strikes

26 September 2018

Almost 70,000 households across South Yorkshire face a cold, miserable winter as they cannot afford to keep warm.

(Doncaster Free Press)

Charity pledges to help those in fuel poverty

17 October 2018

The Footprint Trust has a range of measures to help people worried fuel poverty on the Isle of Wight this winter. (County Press)

Households struggle as Dorset faces fuel poverty crisis

26 September 2018

MORE than 17,500 households are facing this winter in fuel poverty, according to shock government figures. (Dorset Echo)

30,000 households struggle to pay heating bills

21 September 2018

One in 10 homes are suffering fuel poverty in Northamptonshire, according to latest Government statistics. (Northamptonshire Chronicle)

Have your say on social issues in South Holland

28 October 2018

Fuel poverty is and the need to “get the policy and funding environment right at national level” is discussed at a meeting in the House of Commons. (Spalding Today)

Universal Credit's role in 'divided' rural communities

26 September 2018

Universal Credit could be amplifying divisions within rural communities, according to frontline workers helping those on the breadline. (Yorkshire Post)

Suffolk to discuss green energy plan

11 October 2018

A demand that Suffolk should work harder to eliminate fuel poverty is debated at a full meeting of the county council. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Views wanted on new legislation to cut fuel poverty

17 September 2018

MSPs want to hear from the public on planned legislation to set a new legal target to reduce fuel poverty. (Evening Express)

Devizes café boosts winter fuel campaign

17 October 2018

A DEVIZES café is doing its bit to raise money for a campaign to help elderly people in need survive this winter. (Gazette & Herald)

Families can get help with energy bills

27 October 2018

Families from Leek and the surrounding Moorlands area can now get help with their energy bills - which could lead to them saving hundreds of pounds. (Stoke Sentinel)

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

Calor was set up 80 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75% of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor recognises the need to address climate change and energy efficiency and so has introduced bioLPG to the UK market in 2018, the first LPG supplier to do so. BioLPG requires no changes to the customer’s appliances, it just reduces carbon emissions by up to 80% and burns just as cleanly as fossil LPG.

Furthermore, Calor’s transport solution – LPG Autogas – can deliver significant air quality and environmental benefits, and at around half the cost of petrol and diesel benefits the hard-pressed motorist too. Over 150,000 motorists already benefit from this cleaner and affordable fuel, which is available from over 1,400 refuelling stations across Britain.


Articles in this newsletter are included for information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Services Network, Rural England CIC or Calor.

Reports and Publications:

For reports & publications on fuel poverty, click here

For reports & publications on rural broadband, click here

For reports & publications on rural transport, click here

National Statistics:

For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural transport, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, click here

Useful links:
Fuel Poverty:

Citizens Advice
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy UK
Committee on Fuel Poverty
Health Housing & Fuel
   Poverty Forum

National Energy Action


Broadband for the Rural North
Broadband Delivery UK
Rural Broadband Partnership
Dept Culture, Media & Sport
Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA)

Citizens Advice
Campaign for Better Transport
Community Transport Ass'n
CPRE - Transport campaign
Department for Transport
Plunkett Foundation
Transport for Quality of Life

How to save local buses
Guide for those wishing to save local buses from cuts
Buses in crisis
How rural communities have been most damaged by cuts
Integrated transport
How to integrate transport into new developments (pdf)
Transport e-Bulletin
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