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Elderly at risk this winter

29th October 2007

The Telegraph reports that the elderly are at risk of dying because of cold weather this winter - with estimates of 10 deaths every hour.

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) made the projection as it condemned the Government's lack of assistance with rising fuel bills for the elderly as a "national scandal". Although electricity and gas prices have gone up by 32% and 48% in the last 4 years, the winter fuel payment has not increased.

The group said 260,000 people had died of illness caused by cold temperatures over the last ten years and that the "vast majority' were aged over 65.

 

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