Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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One in ten Black Country homes in fuel poverty

New figures from Age UK show that more than one in ten Black Country households are in fuel poverty.

The new figures have been revealed by Age UK as part of their Warm Homes campaign against fuel poverty, particularly amongst older people.

Across the Black Country 73,669 homes are estimated to be in fuel poverty, which means it costs so much to heat their homes it can push them below the poverty line.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said the figures show that much more needs to be done on insulating homes, and has backed plans to 5 million homes insulated across Britain.

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 than one in ten homes in the Black Country things are so bad that heating bills are pushing them into poverty.

“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.”

 

CONSTITUENCY TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS FUEL POOR HOUSEHOLDS % FUEL POOR HOUSEHOLDS
Dudley North 32,382 5,131 15.8
Dudley South 32,392 4,634 14.3
Halesowen & RR 35,741 4,975 13.9
Stourbridge 36,651 4,991 13.6
Dudley 137,166 19,731 14.4
Walsall North 37,357 5,862 15.7
Walsall South 36,590 7,588 20.7
Walsall 73,947 13,450 18.2
West Bromwich East 34,058 5,945 17.5
West Bromwich West 34,867 5,396 15.5
Sandwell 68,925 11,341 16.5
Wolverhampton NE 35,848 6,091 17.0
Wolverhampton SE 34,598 6,582 19.0
Wolverhampton SW 34,503 6,384 18.5
Wolverhampton 104,949 19,057 18.2
Cannock Chase 39,764 4,411 11.1
Wyre Forest 42,018 5,679 13.5
Lichfield 37,770 4,123 10.9
South Staffordshire 37,580 3,882 10.3
Stafford 39,391 4,842 12.3
Staffordshire Moorlands 32,725 4,620 14.1
Black Country 614,235 91,136 14.8

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