Age UK’s campaign for warm park homes heats up

500x281_Rebecca_Harris_MPIt’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.

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Why energy efficiency is the solution to cold homes

An older man sitting by a windowOn 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”

Cold homes: a massive public health crisis

A woman living in fuel povertyIt’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.

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It’s Cold Homes Week (1-5 February 2016)

An older man sitting by a windowThis week, Age UK is running Cold Homes Week, a week of action on fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.

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No end to cold-related deaths

John, who lives in a cold home

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.

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Calling for action on winter deaths and illnesses

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A NICE Guideline is not mandatory, but it is pretty firm – it uses the language ‘should’. So its Guideline on how Health and Wellbeing Boards – and indeed health professionals across the board – should deal with excess winter deaths and the issue of winter morbidity is very welcome, and offers encouragement to campaigners who have been looking for a greater focus on this age-old problem.

NICE starts unambiguously by pinning the problem to cold and hard-to-heat homes. And although the level of public concern rises when there is a spell of really cold weather, NICE points out that the health consequences begin to appear in ‘normal’ cold weather – when temperatures fall to six or five degrees (and that happens much more frequently that touching zero or below). Continue reading “Calling for action on winter deaths and illnesses”

Living in a cold home is dangerous, but the Winter Fuel Payment really helps

Older couple receive billIt is now well understood that cold homes are dangerous. People who are vulnerable because of underlying health or mobility issues can face an increased risk in cold conditions from high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses, as well as dizziness, falls and depression.

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