ABOUT eight out of ten people are worried about paying their energy bills, a survey has found.

Charity Turn2us says 83 per cent of adults across the West Midlands fear the impact of stressing about bills is impacting on their lives, with some experiencing stress and ill health.

Turn2us says almost 70 per cent of people in this region struggled with their energy bills last winter and experienced stress as a result.

More than half of those asked also said they would risk endangering their health and wellbeing by not using heating in their homes.

The research also found that people are cutting back on food and turning off their heating rather than checking what support is available to help manage their energy bills.

“Turn2us launches its winter fuel poverty campaign with the news that more people are worried about finding the money to pay for their energy bills," said Alison Taylor, Turn2us director.

"With the cost of living steadily increasing, people feel like they have no option but to borrow money and cut back on essentials to cover costs.

"Our research shows that more needs to be done to help raise awareness of the financial support and help available to manage energy bills."