Wed, 30 Nov 11
New figures have shown that the number of winter deaths across England and Wales has risen by 38 per cent – with poor housing being stated as one of the reasons.
The figures were for the period from December 2010 to January 2011 and were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Surprisingly cold weather as well as poor quality housing and unaffordable energy costs - leaving people in fuel poverty - are among the most important factors explaining the rise.
Excess winter deaths (EWDs) reflect how many more deaths there are during winter months compared with other months of the year. The ONS revealed that EWDs in England and Wales last winter totalled 25,700.
The data shows a dramatic increase in deaths occurring over the period from December 2010 to January 2011 when the country experienced the coldest December on record – with temperatures falling below minus 20oC in parts of the country.
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