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Rural Vulnerability Service


Welcome to the latest Rural Vulnerability Service newsletter – brought to you by the Rural Services Network in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

This email newsletter focuses on rural transport.

Rural transport faces many threats – ranging from fuel costs through to the lack of public and community transport in many areas.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important.

Latest updates:Transport scheme will rent mopeds to residents
17 June 2014
A new transport scheme providing low-cost, motorised transport has launched in the Mole Valley. (Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser)

Comic relief cash helps isolated older people
16 June 2014
Community First Wiltshire will bring support and relief to isolated older people thanks to funding from Comic Relief. (Gazette & Herald)

Bus review ‘could leave rural areas isolated’
13 June 2014
A major shake-up to puclib funding in West Yorkshire could see rural bus servies severely reduced or completely axed. (Halifax Courier)

Red Cross intervention timely for rural residents
31 May 2014
A five-year project aims to support lonely and isolated residents suffering from cuts to services in the Dales and North York Moors. (Yorkshire Post)

Ask Dorset campaign gets under way
11 June 2014
Rural transport is among the top priorities Dorset residents would like to see their county council’s budget spent on. (Dorset Echo)

Scheme to get people without transport into work
8 June 2014
A scheme to help people with no form of transport get to work in rural places is setting up a new hub in Sleaford. (Sleaford Target)

Council approves new countryside strategy
8 June 2014
A document to help support village communities has been approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet. (Driffield today)

Transport Toolkit
Produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, this toolkit aims to improve local transport choices.

In the Community
Calor has a long history of supporting the local areas in which it works, and the rural communities it serves.

Community Transport
Help address rural transport needs with the Community Transport Association and ACRE.

Transport Archive
Archived documents relating to rural transport issues from the former Commission for Rural Communities.

Rural Accessibilty
Accessing key services by public transport is important in terms of social inclusion as well as service delivery.

Local Transport Plans
Your council publishes a local transport plan to maintain and improve transport in your area.

About Us

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural Services Network.

Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain.

This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor’s business in the British countryside. Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty.

As an energy provider, it wants rural property owners to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.

For UK National Statistics on rural transport, click here.
For reports & publications on rural transport, click here.
RSN Rural Transport News
> Bus cuts threat to communities
> Bus services face axe
> Plan to boost Wheels2Work
> Road rules could hit young

Rural Transport Analysis
> Can rural transport work?
> Rural transport – seminar
> Rural youngsters on the road

Government announcements
> Road investment boosts jobs
> Rural fuel duty cut extended?
> Larger loads to boost farming

Latest reports and statistics
> Road accidents and safety
> Motoring Tax Revenue
> Click here for more statistics

Links to useful organisations:

> Citizens Advice
> Campaign for Better Transport
> Community Transport Association
> CPRE – Transport campaign
> Department for Transport
> Plunkett: Community Transport
> Sustrans
> Transport for Quality of Life

The transport partner for the Rural Services Network is FirstGroup plc

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