These are the 10 coldest neighbourhoods in Birmingham, which are in the top 100 coldest in the UK
Research from Friends of the Earth has revealed the coldest neighbourhoods in Birmingham and the UK
New analysis has identified the ‘coldest neighbourhoods’ in Birmingham.
Research from environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has uncovered the chilliest areas in regions and cities across the UK and looks at where residents are struggling to heat their homes this winter.
Many of these neighbourhoods are where people are living on low incomes, where people are largely renting properties, meaning they cannot negotiate their energy bill payments. The data shows that Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Bristol, County Durham, Enfield, Luton, Rhonda Cynon Taf and Swale are among have the coldest neighbourhoods in the UK.
The 10 coldest neighbourhoods in Birmingham are all within the 100 coldest neighbourhoods in the UK, according to the research. The research also highlights how people of colour, disabled people, older people, as well as those living on low incomes are among those disproportionately impacted by the energy crisis.
The data analysis focuses on Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs), which break the country down into areas with similar popular sizes for purposes of statistical reporting, which it refers to as neighbourhoods.
The data uses the energy efficiency measure, which measures the overall efficiency of a home. The higher the rating the more energy efficient the home is and the lower the fuel bills will be.
These coldest neighbourhoods are energy crisis hotspots where people are living on the lowest incomes and where homes have the lowest energy efficiency ratings, which means they are more expensive to heat.
The energy crisis hotspots were calculated using statistics on energy consumption and fuel prices. The results from this analysis were combined with neighbourhood level data on income from the English Indices of Deprivation and Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation to identify the areas most at risk from the energy crisis: those with above average energy costs and below average incomes.
In England, Friends of the Earth is now urging the government to commit to a free, nationwide, street-by-street programme of insulation and energy efficiency measures which is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to lower energy bills. They say this would help people save hundreds of pounds each year in energy costs.
The group warns that the UK government’s plans for an energy efficiency drive from 2025, as announced in the Autumn Statement, is ‘far too little and far too late’.
“Delaying an urgent roll out of insulation for another two years means millions of people will continue to suffer cold homes and sky-high energy bills, while delaying essential action to cut carbon emissions,” a spokesman for the group said.
Here are the top 10 coldest neighbourhoods in the city.