MP Michael Dugher has slammed the Government on energy policy as figures show thousands are in fuel poverty in Barnsley East.

Figures reveal 3,693 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty in Mr Dugher's constituency, which is nine per cent of the total households.

The energy market is dominated by the ‘Bix Six’ gas and electricity providers.

Mr Dugher said: “The energy market is broken and it’s ordinary people who are paying the price.

"Labour has called for a price freeze whilst the market is fixed and the Government needs to get a grip of this problem and take real action to tackle fuel poverty.

"It is unacceptable that thousands of families in my constituency will be worrying about the cost of heating their homes this winter."