Rural Fuel Poverty

In rural areas, fuel poverty is being overlooked. Yet data compiled by the End Fuel Poverty Coalition demonstrates that many rural parts of the country are badly affected with an estimated 564,000 (27%) households set to be affected following the Ofgem price cap increase projected for 1 January 2023; up from 274,000 (13%) in 2020.

Our briefing details the rural characteristics of fuel poverty and concludes that alongside increased, targeted financial support for vulnerable households, there needs to be sustained investment in the energy efficiency of rural buildings and support for local renewable energy schemes.