Problems caused by high prices from energy suppliers in Warwickshire are to be tackled with the creation of a new task force designed to help pensioners.
An extra 100 deaths in local communities each winter are being partly blamed on fuel poverty and a new task force will comprise health services, charities and local authorities, all of whom will work towards addressing the problem, reports the Coventry Telegraph.
Nearly 70 per cent of people suffering from fuel poverty live on their own and some of the problems that the task force will look to tackle is the lack of community and fewer neighbours looking out for each other.
Corinne Steele, of Coventry council's performance and scrutiny team, told the paper: "Deliveries by milkmen and postmen aren't as regular as they used to be, so there's no one there to notice when someone hasn't taken their milk in or drawn their curtains."
Energy companies have all recently lowered their prices, but costs remained high during the freezing winter months earlier this year.
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