Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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15% of households in Black Country eligible for home heating help

Dudley MP Ian Austin urges residents to call today and find out what help they can get.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has revealed new research showing that 106,000 households across the Black Country and Staffordshire area are eligible for help with their heating bills.
 
The research comes from Home Heat Helpline, a body created by the energy industry to help consumers access discounts, funding and government schemes to keep their homes warm.  Homeowners can call the Home Heat Helpline for free on 0800 33 66 99 to find out what help they are eligible for.
 
People living in less well-off areas as well as low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability that live in a rural area are those most likely to benefit.
 
Ian Austin said:
 
“Lots of families in the Black Country are struggling to make ends meet.  Wages here are below the national average and bills have pushed one in ten into fuel poverty.
 
“More than 100,000 local people are eligible for help right away, so I’m urging them to call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 if they’re struggling with their bills.”
 
Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer, Home Heat Helpline:
 
“The research speaks for itself – an astounding 3.2 million households in Britain are entitled to home heating help. As we’re now in winter, we are urging people to make a free, confidential call to the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99.”

Please find figures for the number of people eligible for help in Black Country constituencies below.

Constituency # Households % Households
Dudley North 6,000 18%
Dudley South 5,000 15%
Halesowen & RR 6,000 16%
Stourbridge 3,000 8%
Dudley 20,000 14%
Walsall North 11,000 30%
Walsall South 10,000 26%
Walsall 21,000 28%
West Bromwich East 9,000 25%
West Bromwich West 12,000 32%
Sandwell 21,000 29%
Wolverhampton NE 9,000 25%
Wolverhampton SE 11,000 31%
Wolverhampton SW 5,000 14%
Wolverhampton 25,000 23%
Cannock Chase 4,000 11%
Wyre Forest 6,000 15%
Lichfield 2,000 5%
South Staffordshire 1,000 4%
Stafford 3,000 7%
Staffordshire Moorlands 3,000 9%
Black Country & Staffs 106,000 15%

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