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|
|Halesowen & RR||35,741||4,975||13.9|
|West Bromwich East||34,058||5,945||17.5|
|West Bromwich West||34,867||5,396||15.5|