More than 800 social housing properties across the Black Country are empty as hundreds of families struggle to find a new home, new figures show today.

Dudley Council has 387 vacant out of 21,950 homes, while Wolverhampton Homes has 168 vacant out of 22,131.

Sandwell Council has 169 empty out of 27,723 homes and Whg, which owns and manages social housing in Walsall, has 90 out of 21,000 homes vacant.

Across the Black Country, 12,747 properties, including privately-owned homes, are empty, with 4,008 vacant for more than six months.–star-study-reveals-numbers/