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FUEL POVERTY - November 2016

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:

Call for new 'fuel poverty' definition
24 October 2016
A new definition of fuel poverty is needed to ensure help is targeted at those most in need, according to expert review groups. (BBC Online)

Extra £10m to be spent on tackling fuel poverty
3 November 2016
An extra £10m is to be spent on tackling fuel poverty after the Scottish government failed to meet its pledge to eradicate the problem. (BBC Online)

Council turns up heat against rural fuel poverty
25 October 2016
A £42,000 fund to help vulnerable people keep warm this winter has been approved in Hampshire. (Petersfield Post)

Urgent action needed to tackle fuel poverty
2 November 2016
Kevin Stewart MSP discusses how the government seeks to ensure everyone in Scotland can adequately heat their home (Third Force News)

Support fuel poverty campaign
20 October 2016
The Community Foundation Wakefield District is launching a new campaign to help cut fuel poverty across the district. (Wakefield Express)

Fuel poverty blitz is hailed a success
1 October 2015
A two-year community project helping Wiganers tackle fuel poverty has been hailed as a success. (Wigan Today)

Help is at hand to tackle fuel poverty
3 October 2016
As winter draws closer, 12% North East Lincolnshire residents are living in fuel poverty. (Grimsby Telegraph)

Durham gets top marks for tackling fuel poverty
26 October 2016
County Durham has been given top marks by a national body in recognition of local efforts to tackle fuel poverty. (Chester-le-Street Advertiser)

'Fuel bank' gives £500k of energy to families facing 'heat or eat' crisis
30 September 2016
A charity helps 30,000 people who faced skipping meals so they could afford to heat their homes. (Daily Mirror)

Energy boost for low income homes
3 November 2016
A charity that delivers energy savings for low-income households in South Holland has been awarded £10,000 funding. (Spalding Today)

Cornish Pirates Help Tackle Fuel Poverty
31 October 2016
The Cornish Pirates are helping to tackle fuel poverty in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. (Pirate FM)

Action call to help residents hit by fuel poverty
4 October 2016
THE Government is being urged to take action to support households in Dorset struggling to pay their fuel bills. (Dorset Echo)

Energy firm aims to take on the big players
4 October 2016
An entrepreneur who helped to revive large parts of industrial Leeds has launched an energy company which aims to challenge the sector’s biggest players. (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.

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 or Calor.
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