COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Eaga joins energy charity to address rural fuel problem

Two charities have teamed up in a concerted campaign to challenge the way that rural fuel poverty is dealt with.

The Eaga Charitable Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Energy criticised the Government's Rural White Paper and the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy for failing to tackle the problem sufficiently.

This, said the Trust, is because they do not recognise the difference between rural and urban poverty, in particular that rural initiatives will cost more.

A new report with the Centre for Sustainable Energy recommends a network of independent energy advice providers working with GP practices and citizen's advice bureaux in the countryside, possibly through mobile advice units.

It also argues for more ecological energy schemes in rural areas.

The report targets specialist rural and fuel poverty journals, fuel poverty and energy efficiency bodies, members of Government and senior executives of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. Representatives of these bodies have been invited to a rural fuel poverty conference next month.

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