Birmingham, Bradford and Cornwall are the areas of England and Wales set to be hardest hit by soaring energy bills, according to a new study.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth has found there are 9,000 energy crisis hotspots in England and Wales. These are places where communities are at highest risk of financial hardship because energy use is high and the typical household income is below the national average.
In most cases, energy use is high in these areas because homes are poorly insulated, meaning they need more energy to remain warm, Friends of the Earth said.
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Birmingham had the most of these hotspots, with 415 – that’s 65 per cent of the city. Second was Bradford, with 162 – or 52 per cent of the city. Cornwall was third, with 150 hotspots, or 46 per cent of the county. Sandwell was fourth, with 116 hotspots – 62 per cent of the town, and Country Durham and Enfield were in joint fifth with 111 hotspots – equating to 34 per cent and 61 per cent of their neighbourhoods.
This searchable table allows you to see how many energy crisis hotspots there are in your area.
Birmingham and Bradford also top the list of places with the most homes that are missing basic insulation measures.