2,700 will die this winter from fuel poverty
A new report has suggested that 2,700 people will die this winter in England and Wales – and it’s because of fuel poverty, which has trebled over the past few years.
Professor John Hills of the London School of Economics says that there are 27,000 extra deaths in England and Wales every winter. He adds: “Recent analysis attributes about a fifth of excess winter deaths to living in cold homes. Even if only half of this in 2009 is due to fuel poverty, that would still mean 2,700 deaths — more than die on the roads — each year.”
A household is regarded as being in fuel poverty if they spend more than ten per cent of their income on heating. Professor Hills’ report says that fuel poverty fell by four fifths between 1996 and 2004 – to 1.2 million households, down from 5.2 million. But it had rocketed back up to 4 million by the winter of 2009.
The government stepped in to intervene in the fuel poverty crisis earlier this week, urging consumers to, erm, shop around for a better deal.
Elsewhere, British Gas have spent some of their profits on a brand new logo.