Fuel Poverty

fuelThe spiraling costs of fuel and oil cripple the day-to-day lives of many residents living within Penrith and The Border. Our rural isolation means that having a car is a necessity, not a luxury. Our isolated, traditional homes are far more difficult and expensive to heat, and generally depend on oil tanks. Our elderly population  has suffered in health because of their struggles to heat their homes. Fuel bills are now one of the most difficult expenses to meet for every family.

I am pressing for Wigton to become one of the first ‘smart-grid market towns’ in the UK. Its potential as a smart-energy community is enormous. By deploying smart meters across Wigton we will be able to create a network where consumers will be able to understand their energy usage and cut their bills. It will allow companies to distribute more efficiently. The smart grid could also be used by the community to enable community purchasing of energy. I am keen for as many communities within Penrith and the Border as possible to pilot green deal projects.

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Debt Awareness Week


With Debt Awareness Week taking place this week, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border has today called on constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support available for anyone struggling with winter energy bills. Rory said: “Nobody should suffer in silence and there’s a range of help and advice for any constituents […]



PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart will spend this Saturday night sleeping in one of the highest and coldest places in England to raise awareness of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal. He’ll be joined by CCF’s Chief Executive Andy Beeforth and supported by members of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team. They’re hoping their freezing […]



Rory has urged Cumbrian communities tackling fuel poverty in their area to nominate themselves for an NEA Community Action Award, with the chance to win up to £3500 for their local project. The Community Action Awards aim to reward projects throughout England which demonstrate excellence in the field of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy […]


rory welcomes government help to keep poorest warm this winter

Rory has welcomed £357,000 of funding for the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Partnership to help keep some of the poorest people in Cumbria warm this winter. The investment comes from the government’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund which invited local authorities to bid for money from the Department of Health to reduce deaths over the winter […]


rory helps launch cumbria’s ‘share the warmth’ winter appeal

Rory has joined fellow Cumbrians the Bishop of Carlisle James Newcome, Sir Melvyn Bragg, Sir Chris Bonington, and fellow MPs Tim Farron and Sir Tony Cunningham to help launch Cumbria Community Foundation’s 2012 Winter Warmth Fund Appeal. The MP for Penrith and the Border on Friday joined school children at High Hesket Primary School to […]


Rory supports energy saving week ahead of winter

Rory this week gave his support to Citizens Advice as it launched its Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October) to help people cut their winter fuel bills. The campaign aims to give people practical advice on how they can ‘check, switch and insulate’ to make savings on their energy bill. Fuel poverty is a key issue in the constituency […]


Rory supports APPG inquiry into issues affecting off-grid residents

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Off-Gas Grid has recently announced the launch of an inquiry into issues relating to fuels affecting off-grid constituents.  The inquiry will follow on from the recent work on off-grid fuel poverty by the Energy and Climate Change Committee and the 2011 market study of the off-grid sector by […]


Rory backs warm front campaign

Rory is backing an awareness push from Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and the National Children’s Bureau to make free heating help from Warm Front available to the poorest households. Rory is urging people in Penrith and the Border who are worried about their energy bills to find out if they are eligible for […]


Rory teams up with British Gas to ‘Share the Warmth’

Rory is calling on local charities to take advantage of the British Gas Share the Warmth Scheme and pocket £50 for their efforts. Charities in Penrith and the Border will be given £50 for every person on qualifying benefits they refer to British Gas for free insulation. As well as getting free insulation which will […]