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Over 30,000 excess UK deaths last winter

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Environment

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There were an estimated 31,100 excess deaths in the UK last winter - a 29% increase on the previous year.

The Office of National Statistics figures show that, as in previous years, there were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2012/13.

The majority of deaths occurred among those aged 75 and over. There were 25,600 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2012/13 compared with 5,500 in people aged under 75.

The excess winter mortality was highest in the North West and lowest in London. The capital had the highest level of mortality in 2011/12.

Responding to the figures, Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “The prime minister should be in no doubt that these shocking figures are a direct result of how poorly insulated our homes are. If there is any rolling back of energy efficiency schemes such as ECO in the autumn statement, these disgraceful numbers are only going to get worse. How much more obvious could that be?"

Though the total amount of excess deaths dropped in London, the number among those aged 75-84 was 900 - a 36% increase on the previous winter.

London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones said: “Even with this tiny overall improvement, it’s still a national scandal that 2,700 Londoners died from the cold because of some of the worst fuel poverty levels and energy inefficient homes in Europe.

“The Mayor missed a real opportunity to help an additional hundred thousand London households when he failed to meet his own target to tackle energy inefficient homes. He also ignored warnings to put far more resources behind the green deal to maximise its early uptake. This resulted in a massive drop in the number of home insulation assessments, let alone completions.”

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