Subject:                          FW: Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty - September 2013


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Fuel Poverty - Sept 2013

Welcome to the latest fuel poverty newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and 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 updates:

Heating bills concern 38% of UK population
5 September 2013
More than 30% of UK people say they are concerned about paying for their heating bills this winter, suggests a survey. (BBC Online)

Council to trial new scheme to tackle fuel poverty
4 September 2013
A council is trialling a new scheme to help people switch energy providers in an attempt to tackle fuel poverty. (Northern Echo)

Energy minister call to tackle fuel poverty
16 August 2013
More should be done to help families struggling against fuel poverty, says the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change (Northern Echo)

Fears over isolated rural vulnerable
28 August 2013
Vulnerable people living in rural isolation could have their lives made worst if vital services end up being the victim of council cuts (Eastern Daily Press)

Cash-strapped families forced to slash energy use
16 August 2013
A combination of increased prices and flat-lining wages has forced families to turn off heating to cut energy bills. (Mail Online)

Households struggle as fuel poverty gap widens
13 August 2013
Householders face a gap of more than £500 between their energy bills and what they can afford to pay - an increase of almost £200 in a decade. (Western Morning News

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

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 Year One Report

FREE Yr 1 report

An overview of the first year of the FREE initiative.

Fuel Poverty Map

Fuel Poverty Map

Calor worked with the Commission for Rural Communities to match fuel poverty data with areas of England off mains gas.

Calor Free Initiative

Rural Energy

FREE is a three year £1m initiative to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy efficiency in off-gas grid communities.

FREE Yr 2 report

FREE Yr 2 report

An overview of year two of the FREE programme.

About Us

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by 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 property owners to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.

For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, please click here.

For reports & publications on fuel poverty, please click here.

RSN Fuel Poverty News
> Views sought on local energy schemes
> Perks to allow fracking?
> Fuel poverty highlighted

RSN Case Studies
> Helping residents stay warm
> Fuel poverty on a budget
> Insulating solid wall homes

Government announcements
> Cutting household energy bills
> Latest fuel poverty report
> Davey to tackle fuel poverty

RSN reports and statistics
> Rural and urban fuel poverty
> Impact of rural fuel poverty
> Cost of rural services

Links to useful organisations:

> Citizens Advice
> End Fuel Poverty Coalition
> Energy UK
> Fuel Poverty Advisory Group
> Health Housing & Fuel
   Poverty Forum
> National Energy Action

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