HOMES in Glengormley and Ballynure have been revealed as spending the highest proportion of their income on heating costs, according to a survey by charity Turn2us.
The charity’s ‘Action on Fuel Poverty’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the support available for those who are worried about meeting the costs of their fuel bills during the colder weather.
It has compiled a map showing how much of a percentage of income households across the UK spend on their heating costs.
Homes are considered, by the charity, to be in fuel poverty when they spend more then 10 per cent of total income on heating costs.
The charity’s map shows that of the homes surveyed in Newtownabbey, those in Ballynure and Glengormley paid on average 25 per cent of their income on heating, while homes in Rathcoole were found to spend 20 per cent of income.
On average, homes in the borough spend around 13 per cent of income on heating costs, with households in Ballyclare spending the lowest percentage on heating at just seven per cent.
The map gives links to sources of help, including the Turn2us Benefits Calculator and Turn2us Grants Search database and information on energy efficiency.
The map and support information can be found at www.fuelpovertymap.co.uk