Study blames cold homes for more winter deaths

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Greater investment in home insulation and more help with heating costs for people living on low incomes could prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths each winter. This is the conclusion of a study carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Britain has about 40,000 more deaths during December and March than expected from death rates in other months of the year, which is a bigger “winter excess” than in most other European countries, including Scandinavia. This is in spite of the fact that Britain has comparatively mild winters. The research team concludes that part of the explanation may lie with Britain¹s ageing housing stock, which is less thermally efficient than in most other north European countries and may provide less protection against the cold. The study matched mortality statistics for small neighbourhoods in England with data from a large national survey of housing conditions. It showed that there was a 23% excess of deaths

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