Age UK comment on the increase in March deaths
Published on 05 April 2013 12:00 AM
Michelle Mitchell, Age UK's Charity Director General, said:
'It's really worrying that the number of deaths in March this year are significantly higher than the average for the previous five years.
'Cold homes are particularly dangerous to the health of older people and are a major contributing factor to the high numbers of excess winter deaths in this country.
'People living in the coldest homes are three times as likely to die from a cold-related illness compared to those in warmer homes.
'We are trailing behind our European counterparts when it comes to providing decent housing that people can afford to heat, and it is the oldest and most vulnerable who are suffering.
'The government must invest new carbon taxes in a programme of energy efficiency to bring Britain's housing stock into the 21st century and enable people to benefit from the heat they use.'
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