Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather. Many of these deaths could be prevented if everyone lived in a warm home.
Last winter around 3,900 older people died from the cold weather in the East Midlands.
The Government's flagship energy efficiency programmes, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the now closed Green Deal, have not gone nearly far enough to help older people in Leicestershire & Rutland keep warm in their homes.
That's why Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland is calling on the Government to reform its energy efficiency programmes to enable all older people to live in a warm home.
Such an approach would not only improve older people's health and wellbeing and save lives; it would also bring down consumer bills and lift hundreds of thousands out of fuel poverty.
How you can help
If you would like to help older people in Leicestershire & Rutland to keep warm in their homes, please join the campaign.
By joining the campaign, you will also have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a fabulous short break in a warm home - a luxurious cabin set in breath-taking British woodland.
For more information please contact us on 0116 2992233