Cold, damp and unsafe homes continue to cause shocking levels of unnecessary hardship and premature mortality. Across the UK, NEA estimates that on average more than 10,000 people die each year due to living in a cold home. In England Wales where the proposals within this consultation will apply, excess winter deaths have risen by nearly 20% last winter. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that that the biggest cause of death was respiratory disease, followed by circulatory health conditions. Both these conditions are badly exacerbated by living in cold homes which are hard to heat and around 30% of these deaths could have been prevented.
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