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Winter deaths rose by almost a third in 2012/13

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The Office for National Statistics latest release shows that excess winter deaths rose by almost a third in 2012/13 compared to the previous year.

This represented a 29% increase, with an estimated 31,100 more people dying in the winter months, in comparison to the non-winter months, with the majority -25,600- being in the over 75 category.

Campaigners for fuel poverty and the energy efficiency industry seized on the figures as evidence that poor insulation and high energy prices cost lives.

The UK Green Building Council warned the numbers would only get worse if government’s “green levy” review results in cuts to energy efficiency funding.

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?”

UK Uncut have teamed up with Fuel Poverty Action to march on Npower’s London headquarters to protest about energy prices, under the twitter hashtag #justicenotjumpers.

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