Cash help to fight fuel poverty

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Groups across Garstang, Longridge and Wyre working to fight fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency are being urged to apply for the 2013-14 Community Action Awards.

The awards, run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and supported by British Gas and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency among vulnerable households. Winners will receive up to £3,500 as well as additional financial and practical support to hold community engagement events.

The scheme is open to entry by all not-for-profit agencies in England including charities, community groups, and local authorities.

Rural localities have limited options for fuel and many of them lack mains gas.

This makes efficient fuel use and insulation particularly important for countryside communities, which the Rural Vulnerability Service has warned are most at risk.

Rural residents also face the challenges of lower average wages.

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he Rural Services Network believes the national picture must not mask this extra rural dimension.