Excess Winter Deaths Are Unacceptable

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“It is completely unacceptable that millions of people across the UK are still struggling to keep their homes warm and protect their families from the cold – with excess winter deaths reaching 25,000, increasing by 38% during the cold snap last December, and over 5,000 households in Brighton Pavilion alone (1) stuck in fuel poverty.

“If the Government is serious about eradicating fuel poverty by 2016, it must radically improve housing standards, curb the power of the big energy companies to charge what they like, and put in place measures to help fuel-poor households.

“In the meantime, I urge people to contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to get advice on staying warm this winter.”

Caroline Lucas MP

1) This figure is from DECC’s 2008 sub-regional estimates and equates to 11.8% of all households in the constituency.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15836494

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