ONE in four homes in Kirklees is without central heating, a union survey revealed today.
And the figures put Kirklees at the top of the regional league table for homes without modern systems.
The figures are released in a survey by the GMB union. Many of its members are responsible for fitting and servicing heating systems.
The study reveals that across the Yorkshire region, four areas have more than 20% of their homes without central heating systems.
Kirklees is believed to have 37,207 - or 23.4% - of its 159,000 homes relying on other forms of heating, including electric fires and open fires.
Bradford comes second in the table, with 22.9% of its homes lacking full systems, with Hull third and Leeds fourth.
The area with the highest percentage of homes with heating systems is Barnsley, where only 3,269 houses are not thought to have fitted systems.
Ed Blissett, GMB senior organiser, said: "As the winter months close in many people are unaware that there are many thousands of homes in Yorkshire without a central heating system.
"This study shows that 269,750 Yorkshire homes don't have this very basic amenity.
"Our members working in the gas industry service and maintain not only the central heating systems in the majority of homes but also the gas fires that often provide the only source of heat in more than a million Yorkshire homes.
"It is essential that British Gas pays sufficient money to keep these essential workers whose job is vital to the wellbeing of thousands of people in Yorkshire."