The alarming increase in Excess Winter Deaths last year was before the impact of Covid-19 struck. Covid-19 is likely to have left many households more exposed to the risks of living in a cold home than ever before. The number of needless deaths is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and as well as the devastating impacts cold homes have on their occupant’s lives, this problem extends to all of us; needless health & social care costs, queues at GPs and A&E as well as delaying the discharge of the most vulnerable patients from hospital. The resulting impact on health services costs the NHS between £1.4bn and £2bn every year, in England alone.
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