Charity calls for cross-party consensus to end needless winter deaths

Date:              Embargoed until 00:01 on Friday 29 November

Contact:         Sarah Wright, NEA, 0191 269 2942 / sarah.wright@nea.org.uk (out of hours – 07884371913)

Charity calls for cross-party consensus to end needless winter deaths

In advance of the BBC Election Debate tonight, fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) is calling on politicians to build cross-party consensus on the need to halt excess winter deaths. Their call comes after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed on Wednesday that 23,200 more people died in England and Wales during winter 2018-19 compared to the rest of the year.

National Energy Action (NEA) has said the numbers are an “annual badge of shame” with many more thousands suffering from poor physical and mental health. The resulting impact on health services costs the NHS between £1.4 and £2bn every year in England alone.

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments:

“It is time to shake off the shocking complacency that allows people to die from cold homes in 21st century UK. The BBC’s debate is taking place on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day [29 November] and the launch of NEA’s Warm and Safe Homes campaign. There has never been a greater opportunity for party leaders to state how they will tackle cold homes and the seasonal epidemic of ill health and early death”.

‘’Thankfully, all major UK party manifestos have begun to recognise that we have to dramatically improve home energy efficiency if we want to end fuel poverty and tackle the climate emergency. The next government must build on this consensus and turn warm words into warm homes. If we can put people before politics, we can save lives and create a society where everyone gets to be warm and safe at home”.

Notes

  • National Energy Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm home. For more information visit www.nea.org.uk.
  • Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (#FuelPovertyAwarenessDay) is the national day to raise awareness of the issue of fuel poverty and the solutions available. More information is available at https://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-policy/fpad2019/
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