The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that the lack of cheap energy could exacerbate the freezing weather in contributing to more winter deaths.
Around five million people are currently thought to be living in fuel poverty due to price rises from energy suppliers, while many are struggling with the general cost of living. Last year, the cold weather claimed 25,000 lives and the fear is that the lack of cheap energy and current freezing temperatures could contribute to an even greater number.
Cllr David Rogers, chair of the Community Wellbeing Board at the LGA, said: "There is financial help available, practical help with getting around, and important advice on simple gadgets which can make life easier."
Pensioners are advised to seek help if they are struggling with high prices from energy suppliers, as many homeowners are unaware that they are entitled to various benefits which can be used to keep their homes warm.
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