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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rory calls for rural fuel discount

Rory yesterday in Parliament raised the concerns of many constituents about the impact that rising fuel prices are having on the cost of living and working in Penrith and the Border. In a speech in yesterday’s Backbench Committee debate in the House of Commons, Rory made a plea for the 5p rural fuel discount to be […]

Cumbria Affordable Warmth

warm homes project

Rory has applauded the work of the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Partnership, who today announced the launch of their Warm Homes Project. The project aims to promote warmer homes by ensuring that all Cumbrians can access a free survey of their property, enabling them to understand how best to insulate and heat through the provision of […]


winter warmth fund

Rory has joined forces with a host of well-known Cumbrians in support of the second year of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund, which collects unwanted Winter Fuel Payments in order to help older people stay warm this winter. Rory said: “I am delighted to be supporting Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal this year. […]


solar power at bolton village hall

Rory enjoyed a visit to Bolton Village Hall on Thursday, where he met and chatted with the village hall committee and saw the hall’s newly-installed photovoltaic cells. The hall’s move to renewable energy by fitting solar panels – from local Appleby firm Love Solar – was made possible by the village’s inclusion in the government’s […]