This time last year, the Excess Winter Deaths statistics showed an enormous jump to over 40,000 for the previous winter. This year, the number returned to its trend line, at 24,300 (including 20,800 amongst the over 65s) in England and Wales during the winter of 2015/16. But if this lower figure is ‘normal’, it is still a disgraceful situation. Continue reading “Tackling excess winter deaths and fuel poverty”
It’s the last day of Cold Homes Week and in this blog post, Sue Linge, Campaigns Support Officer, talks about Age UK’s campaign for warm park homes and her recent visit with Rebecca Harris MP for Castle Point in Essex to the largest park home site in the UK.
Continue reading “Age UK’s campaign for warm park homes heats up”
On the fourth day of Cold Homes Week, we hear from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service‘s Station Manager in Central Prevent and Protect, Dez Stoddart, about the work that the Fire and Rescue Service is doing with Age South Staffordshire to tackle the problem of excess winter deaths in the county. Continue reading “Working in partnership to tackle excess winter deaths”
On the third day of Cold Homes Week our guest blogger Richard Twinn, Policy Adviser at the UK Green Building Council, talks about why energy efficient homes are so important in the cold homes crisis. Continue reading “Why energy efficiency is the solution to cold homes”
It’s Cold Homes Week and Age UK is raising awareness of the devastating effects of the cold on older people. In this guest blog post, Alan Maryon-Davis, who is Honorary Professor of Public Health at Kings College London, explains why the issue of cold homes is a massive public health crisis.
Continue reading “Cold homes: a massive public health crisis”
The Government’s latest statistics reveal that shockingly, 40,800 older people died in England and Wales last winter because of the cold. This is more than double the number of deaths than the previous year and far more than those who die from road fatalities annually.
Continue reading “No end to cold-related deaths”
On 17 July 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that millions of energy customers have been ‘paying too much for their energy bills’.
Continue reading “A price cap on energy bills?”