Action urged over cold weather deaths

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19 Jan 2016
The government has been urged to do more to tackle winter deaths.

Rosie said, across the country, 43,000 people had died last winter as a result of the cold.

The latest figures for Doncaster showed on average 54 people have died each winter for the last five years, while cross Yorkshire there were 4,100 deaths in the last financial year compared to 1,810 in 2013/14.

Rosie said: "The average number of excess winter deaths (EWDs) was already cause for concern, these new figures show that government cuts are really hurting our most vulnerable neighbours.

"These figures are truly shocking, particularly as this huge rise happened over one of the mildest winters in recent years. As the weather turns cold this week we are gravely concerned for the many people living in fuel poverty in Doncaster.

"Regrettably it will be those on low incomes and in poor quality housing who will suffer because of this government’s lack of investment."

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous winter.

The number of EWDs are defined as the difference between the number of deaths which occurred in the winter months of December to March and the average number of deaths which occurred in the rest of the year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that between 30 and 50 per cent of EWDs are caused by poorly insulated cold homes.

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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