2014 worst winter for excess deaths since 1999, 2015 expected to be worse

Shocking statistics have been released this morning showing that the winter of 2014 was the worst since 1999 for excess winter deaths.

2014 worst winter for excess deaths since 1999, 2015 expected to be worse

Shocking statistics have been released this morning showing that the winter of 2014 was the worst since 1999 for excess winter deaths. In response energyhelpline have commented:

Mark Todd, director of price comparison site energyhelpline.com said:

"The winter of 2014 has been declared the worst since 1999 with an estimated 43,900 excess deaths and it wasn’t even cold as temperatures according to the Met Office were above normal. It is a horrifying statistic that should shock anyone with warmth in their hearts. A typical UK winter brings 30,000 excess deaths so tens of thousands of people almost certainly died unnecessarily last winter. Many of these deaths are due to people living in cold homes and then getting ill. And the chief cause of cold homes is high energy bills.

We urge all vulnerable people and their families to switch suppliers to make sure they are on a low cost energy tariff for the winter so they can heat their home properly. Please don’t allow yourself or a family member to become one of these horrific statistics.

Another year can’t go by leaving our society's most vulnerable facing a choice between crippling bills and staying warm."

The Deadliest Winter Ever is Coming – Excess Winter Mortality Expected to Top 50,000 This Winter

  • Bitterly cold temperatures and cuts in benefits and social services expected to spell deadliest UK winter ever for Britain’s vulnerable
  • Domestic gas prices 29% higher than in 2010, rendering many energy bills unaffordable
  • Vulnerable people urged to ditch expensive energy deals and swap a miserable, cold winter for a warmer, happier and healthier winter

energyhelpline.com expects this winter to be worse than the last as a lethal cocktail of extra cold weather, high energy prices and government cuts means this winter is likely to be the deadliest ever for our vulnerable:

  1. This winter is likely to be very cold due to a severe el Niño effect that is gripping the globe and tends to lead to very cold and long UK winters. The last time such an effect occurred in 2010, December was the coldest ever recorded in the UK. This year the effect is worse than 2010 – in fact the Dept. for International Development has said the weather phenomenon is the strongest ever recorded.
  2. Household gas prices are 29% higher than in 2010 - Most homes remain on very high standard gas prices meaning more people are likely to scrimp on heating for fear of unaffordable bills. The price for the UK’s most popular tariff is 29% higher than five years ago.
  3. Government cuts hitting social services and capping benefits mean that the social care infrastructure is not what it was. One third (£4.6bn) has been cut from social care budgets since 2010 and a further £1bn will go this year. Visits to vulnerable people will be fewer, and the risk to people who are shivering in cold homes will be higher. The fuel poverty situation will spiral further with plans to lower benefits caps at risk of pushing a further 100,000 households into poverty and homelessness.

Mark Todd, co-founder of whole-of-market price comparison site, energyhelpline.com, said:

"The cold is a silent killer in the UK and every winter there are thousands of deaths due to people freezing in their homes. With people having to battle against extra cold weather and government cuts, for many people being on a cheaper energy tariff that allows them to properly heat their home will be the difference between misery or happiness this winter. For others, it really is the difference between life or death.

"We urge older people and their relatives to take precautions now before winter bites. Switch to a cheaper tariff using a price comparison service and save up to £374 a year, which can be used to heat your home to a healthy temperature.

"You deserve a happy, warm and healthy winter, not a miserable, cold and sickly one."

What is the Healthy Temperature to Heat a Home To?

Government health advice is that living rooms should be heated to temperatures of 21C (70F) when in use and the rest of the house to 18C (64F), particularly bedrooms at night.

How Switching Your Energy Supplier Can Allow You to Heat Your Home Much More

By switching energy supplier you don’t just save on money on heating your home but you also save money every time you turn on a light or each time you cook or have a bath. If you switch to a cheaper deal, all these savings can then be recycled into heating your home properly, giving you much more bang for your buck.

Typical UK Gas & Electricity Bill Range £1,098 – £1,173

Cheapest Energy Deal (Fixed 1 Year) is currently £799

Difference £299-£374

By saving £299-£374 a year the actual amount a person then has to spend on extra gas to heat their homes is huge. A typical gas bill is around £650 a year yet by switching this comes down to a figure in the region of £400-£450 a year so this means you can actually use around 50% more gas and still make a saving overall. You can go from having a cold house to a warm one and still save.

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