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Figures reveal shocking levels of winter deaths

  • 23/11/2016
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Office of National Statistics releases official report

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Figures released this morning have revealed that the numbers of Excess Winter Deaths in 2015/16 are still at a shockingly high level. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed that there were 24,300 reported incidents last winter, with those aged 64 and below affected more than in previous years. 

The news comes as the Chancellor prepares to give his Autumn Statement this afternoon where he is expected to announce measures to support those who are ‘Just About Managing’, dubbed by the Government as JAMs. 

The report shows that the problem was highest in Wales with respiratory diseases proving to be the underlying cause of death in more than a third of cases.

Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2us, commented: “These figures remind us that too many people will find it difficult to meet the cost of basic essentials this Winter. One thing that makes particularly difficult reading is the extent to which those over the age of 75 are affected, especially as so many of these excess winter deaths are avoidable. All too frequently those that are suffering in the cold are not getting support that they are entitled to, for example last year £2.8bn in pension credit went unclaimed. 

“We probably all know someone for whom that extra help might make a huge difference this Winter. These figures provide an urgent call to action to make sure that help and support gets to those who qualify for it. I would anyone concerned about a neighbour or relative to help them to find out what support is on offer by visiting www.turn2us.org.uk. We can and must change this.”

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