Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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20,000 Black Country children living in families with energy debts

New figures from the Children’s Society show that that 20,500 Black Country children are living in families with energy debts.

The new figures have been revealed as part of the charity’s ‘Show Some Warmth’ campaign for energy companies to offer support to families that fall behind on their energy bills.

Currently energy companies are only obligated to help disabled and elderly people with energy bill debts. The Children’s Society is calling for families to benefit from the same support to ensure that they are offered a fair payment plan and put on the cheapest tariffs.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has written to Energy Secretary Ed Davey backing the campaign, saying the figures show that much more needs to be done to help families with fuel costs.

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 keep going up, with energy bills rocketing by £300 in the last four years.

“For more 20,000 children in the Black Country things are so bad that their families have been bushed into debt on their energy bills.

“I want energy bills to be frozen while we get long-term solutions in place like scrapping Ofgem and getting thousands of homes in Dudley insulated.”

Please a breakdown of fuel poverty figures for Black Country constituencies below and attached.

Constituency

# of children in families in arrears

Dudley North

2,600

Dudley South

2,200

Halesowen & RR

2,600

Stourbridge

2,300

Dudley

9,700

Walsall North

4,700

Walsall South

3,500

Walsall

8,200

West Bromwich East

2,500

West Bromwich West

3,100

Sandwell

5,600

Wolverhampton NE

3,400

Wolverhampton SE

3,000

Wolverhampton SW

2,000

Wolverhampton

8,400

Cannock Chase

5,400

Wyre Forest

4,200

Lichfield

2,500

South Staffordshire

3,300

Stafford

2,600

Staffordshire Moorlands

2,500

Black Country

20,500

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