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FUEL POVERTY - March 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:

Government pledges help for fuel poor homes
1 February 2017
The UK government has pledged to provide more help for householders struggling to pay their energy bills. (Energy Live News)

Action to be taken on fuel poverty
8 March 2017
A pilot will see 220 rural households offered targeted support to cut their energy bills – while an independent review of how fuel poverty is defined is to take place. (Brechin Advertiser)

Fuel poverty review targets rural homes
9 March 2017
More than 200 rural homes are to be offered targeted support to cut energy bills as part of a review of fuel poverty. (The Herald)

New advice in Cornwall on Fuel Poverty Day
17 February 2017
Citizens Advice Cornwall has launched new advice to help rural households who are not on mains gas supply avoid the risks of fuel poverty. (Cornish Times)

'Fuel bank' scheme used by 500 children
23 February 2017
A 'fuel bank' that's been running for just under a year in Hastings has already helped more than 1,100 people - including 500 children. (ITV News)

TV presenter backs campaign for older people
28 February
TV AND radio presenter, Valerie Singleton, is backing a campaign to support older people in fuel poverty. (Daily Echo)

Group to advise on scheme to cut fuel poverty
24 February 2017
One of the first tasks for a community group in Cornwall will be giving feedback on a proposed heating and electricity network for Porthleven. (The Packet)

New observatory to help tackle fuel poverty
1 March 2017
A group of 13 universities, think tanks and businesses across Europe are joining together to help people tackle the issue of fuel. (Energy & Environment)

Eat or heat – we can’t sit and do nothing...
1 March 2017
An emergency kitchen serving meals to those experiencing food poverty and other hardships is to be launched in Glenrothes. (Fife Today)

Freephone number launched to tackle fuel poverty
15 February 2017
A NEW Freephone number has been launched to help residents struggling in fuel poverty or unable to heat their homes affordably. (NE Connected)

Fuel poverty still a postcode lottery
28 February 2017
Stats show wide disparity in fuel poverty levels across Scotland. (Third Force News)

Fuel poverty targets must be met say charities
9 March 2017
New targets to end fuel poverty are to be created after Scotland failed to eradicate the problem by the 2016 deadline. (Third Force News)

Fuel poverty alert as residents struggle
9 March 2016
A NEW campaign is launching to help the growing number of people in Dorset struggling with their heating costs. (Dorset Echo)

"Shambolic' transparency over energy subsidies
8 February 2017
MPs have criticised ministers for their “shambolic” failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills. (The Guardian)

Project hosts Fuel Poverty Day event
17 February 2017
THE Churn Project in Cirencester hosted an event today to coincide with National Fuel Poverty Day and promote what help is available for those in need. (Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Standard)

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.
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