Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action comments on spike in cold snap deaths

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA said: “Data released today by the Office for National Statistics, Department for Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, shows that the winter cold snap caused a spike in premature deaths.

“These figures show that the spike in deaths is well above the five-year average for a normal winter. Vulnerable households living in cold, hard-to-heat homes are likely to be a key cause and the harsh truth is that many of these deaths could have been prevented.

“In 2017, NEA warned of the impact of cold homes on people’s health. We showed how greater focus and coordination, locally and nationally, could reduce cold-related morbidity and its cost on our health services.

“That warning is just as critical today. The causes, consequences and solutions regarding cold-related ill health are well known. Cold, hard-to-heat homes, will exact a terrible price again this winter and frankly there is no excuse for not being ready for the next cold snap. We must have the action and support in place to help the most vulnerable people survive one of the most predictable causes of serious ill health and preventable death in the UK.”

Notes for Editors:

Media contacts: Sahdia.Hassen@nea.org.uk , phone 0191 236 2936 or out of hours contact Sarah.Wright@nea.org.uk or phone 07884371913.

  1. Source: Quarterly mortality report, England: January to March 2018 – https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/quarterlymortalityreports/januarytomarch2018
  2. National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. www.nea.org.uk
  3. Earlier in May, NEA issued a Call for Evidence to local stakeholders that were “on the front line” of the cold snap. The Call for Evidence seeks to better understand the challenges brought by specific local conditions, identifying what worked well, and where there are still clear gaps preventing the effective implementation of cold weather planning in order to provide suitable levels of support for those most at risk from seasonal variations or extreme temperatures. Before this year’s UK Fuel Poverty Monitor is published, we have also extended a similar opportunity to relevant Government departments and statutory agencies. For more information and to contribute visit http://www.nea.org.uk/research/uk-fuel-poverty-monitor-call-for-evidence/.


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