“People who are struggling in fuel poverty should reach out to their MPs to explain the situation they find themselves in – and contact their energy supplier and Citizens Advice for personal support.”
Last year, the government looked at how fuel poverty is hitting rural areas:
At the beginning of this year, the Action with Communities in Rural Areas group was voicing concerns:
ACRE is a member of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition which released the updated fuel poverty statistics. Simon Francis who co-ordinates the coalition said, “Many people across rural England will wake up on 1 April in fuel poverty for the first time. Rural properties have long been the forgotten victims of rising energy costs and poorly insulated properties. It has got to the stage now, that it is only by concerted effort by the Government that we will be able to see the immediate support for struggling households combined with support for energy efficiency improvements.
People who are struggling in fuel poverty should reach out to their MPs to explain the situation they find themselves in – and contact their energy supplier and Citizens Advice for personal support.”
The latest research is just out – from Jessica Sellink this week:
How can we get the measure of rural fuel poverty?
Some households need to spend a high proportion of their income to keep their home at a reasonable temperature. While there are national and local policies and initiatives which seek to support these households to alleviate their fuel poverty, some commentators have suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic and the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine is worsening fuel poverty and more now needs to be done.
While here in the UK there are immediate concerns about customer’s ability to pay their energy bills, fuel poverty is a significant and long-standing issue for all too many people, and its impact is felt across many areas of life.
How much of an [increasing] issue is fuel poverty in rural areas, and what more can be done about it?
Meanwhile in Devon, there are a few initiatives to help: