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Letter: Support the Warm Homes fuel poverty awareness campaign

Date published: 26 February 2018


Dear Editor,

Around four million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home.

National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • The latest Research reveals that the UK has the sixth-worst long-term rate of excess winter mortality out of 30 European countries. In addition, when taking into account cold weather beyond just the winter months, the UK ranks second-worst out of 30 European countries.
  • Over the last five years there has been an average of 32,000 excess winter deaths in the UK every year. Of these, 9,700 die due to a cold home – the same as the number of people who die from breast or prostate cancer each year. The fact that UK homes are amongst the least energy efficient in Europe confirms that these deaths are preventable.

Concerned readers of Rochdale Online can also find out more about the Warm Homes campaign and wider policy issues at:

http://www.nea.org.uk/media/news/uk-sixth-highest-rate-excess-winter-deaths-europe/

Thank you.

Yours,

Andrew Wastling

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.

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