Important information for vulnerable utility customers

Utility Companies providing Gas, Electricity and Water all keep Priority Services Registers, this is a free service provided by suppliers and network operators and each maintain their own register. 

These registers are lists of their most vulnerable customers, so that in an emergency affecting their service, they can provide them with additional support.

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#LevelUp FE – Remote learning offers an opportunity for rural FE colleges

by Graham Biggs and Nik Harwood
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Recently we’ve been examining the challenges that rural pupils face in accessing further education and training. Since then, the country has faced unprecedented disruption from the coronavirus outbreak. Frontline workers are rightly focusing on saving lives and stemming the spread of the virus. But the crisis has also thrown into the spotlight an issue which we have been campaigning on for years: rural connectivity.

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#LevelUp FE – Poor transport links compound the disadvantages rural young people face

by Graham Biggs and Nik Harwood
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Paying to learn – an unacceptable situation

Last week, to mark Rural Vulnerability Day 2020, we argued that despite its rhetoric, the Government is not doing enough to ‘level-up’ further educational opportunities for young people in rural areas.

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Equipping the younger generation with the opportunities they need to flourish in even the most rural and isolated areas

by Graham Biggs and Nik Harwood
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#LevellingUp The British Countryside – We’re not doing enough to make it the greatest place in the world to grow up 

Earlier this year, former culture secretary Baroness Morgan declared the Government’s vision for Britain to be ‘the greatest place in the world to grow up’.

Realising that ambition, however, means equipping the younger generation with the opportunities they need to flourish – perhaps most importantly in their access to education.

For those living in busy urban centres, that’s not in doubt. If your home is in a city, you’ll likely have plenty of options on your doorstep.

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2018 – Parliamentary Rural Vulnerability Day

Rural England CIC launched the findings from its latest research paper on ‘Issues Facing Providers of Social Care to Older Residents’.

Alongside Rural Services Network, they are aware of the growing concerns about vulnerability felt by some people in rural areas, particularly as reductions in services and support take place.  Both organisations wish to see such issues and their impacts properly thought about and planned for. Read more

Issues Facing Providers of Social Care at Home to Older Residents in Rural England

In this research we examine the issues facing providers of domiciliary care to older people in rural areas. Whilst there has been a considerable amount of recent research about social care, specifically rural dimensions have generally been overlooked Read more