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FUEL POVERTY - January 2017

Welcome to the latest fuel poverty newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - 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 updates:

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty
30 December 2016
The government is urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords. (The Guardian)

Fair to help people beat fuel poverty
23 January 2016
Tackling fuel poverty is the goal of a Winter Wellbeing Fair being planned in Norfolk. (EDP 24)

Disabled and cold: Fuel poverty is harsh
19 January 2017
Sandra can’t access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early. (The Guardian)

Housing co-op takes national energy award
16 January 2017
A housing co-operative in South Lanarkshire hit success at the annual awards from the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland. (The News)

Call to help fuel poverty campaign
25 January 2017
A national charity is calling on the residents of Lancashire to back its No Cold Homes fuel poverty campaign. (Champion News)

Testing the link between homes and health
11 January 2017
An eight-month research project aims to create the clearest picture yet of links between energy efficiency and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. (Energy Saving Trust)

Government 'mustn't leave fuel poor in cold'
3 January 2017
OFTEC is calling on government to develop a heating strategy that is 'fair for all' amid figures showing a 10% increase in fuel poverty. (Heating, Ventilation & Plumbing)

Value of winter fuel payments to plummet by 2021, Labour warns
31 December 2016
Payments to help pensioners heat their homes are set to “plummet” in value in the next five years, Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has claimed. (Sunday Post)

Tech firm secures £1m to help battle fuel poverty
11 January 2017
Switchee's thermostat device can provide social landlords with data to help manage housing efficiently. (Business Cloud)

'Efficiency must be at heart of energy strategy'
25 January 2017
Housing associations have called for a strategy to include greater emphasis on increasing the energy efficiency of homes. (Housing News)

Glastonbury Festival founder backs fuel poverty campaign
4 January 2017
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has joined a campaign to help elderly people avoid fuel poverty this winter. (Somerset County Gazette)

Heating offer for families struggling with fuel poverty
9 January 2017
RESIDENTS struggling to heat their homes have the chance to apply for funding to replace or introduce a central heating system (Redditch Standard)

Fuel poverty will 'last another 25 years without action'
29 December 2016
Families will languish in cold homes for another 25 years unless ministers step up efforts to end fuel poverty, says the Green party. (The Nation)

North Yorkshire partnership to beat fuel poverty gets funds boost
23 January 2017
New funding has been secured to ensure that help to alleviate fuel poverty in England’s largest county can continue until the end of winter. (Yorkshire Post)

Calor Free Initiative
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 2 report
FREE Yr 1 Report
An overview of the Calor FREE programme.

FREE conclusions
Rural communities are left behind and ignored in the drive for energy efficiency improvements.
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.

Energy and Equity
Access to government programmes for England's rural off-gas households

About Us

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC.

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 supports efforts to tackle climate change and improve energy efficiency through its range of low carbon and renewable products and services. And from 2016, Calor will be bringing the world’s first wholly-renewable LPG – biopropane – to the British market.

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.
For UK statistics on fuel poverty, please click here.
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