Marking Cold Homes Week at Morley Elderly Action

Tens of thousands of older people die prematurely each winter, and more than a million older people unable to afford to adequately heat their homes, I joined pensioners at Morley Elderly Action to discuss winter warmth at the start of Cold Homes week.

Support for households in fuel poverty has halved under this Government which is a really big concern for local pensioners.

Each winter in Britain, one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill due to living in a cold home. Cold Homes Week calls on the Government to commit to a major programme of investment to make millions of homes much more energy efficient. Such energy efficiency improvements would not only result in warmer homes and lower bills, but could lift nine out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty.

Cold homes are a major contributing factor in the staggeringly high numbers of excess winter deaths that occur every year. What’s clear from the work done by Cold Homes week is that many winter deaths could be prevented if everyone lived in a warm home.

Morley Elderly Action does brilliant work supporting local pensioners and ensuring they get all the information and advice they need. But government also needs to make sure pensioners have access to support to make their homes as energy efficient as possible so people save money on their bills that way too. And I will continue to press for action to reform the energy market so that customers pay a fair price.

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Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Ed