1. National

31,000 excess winter deaths

There were 31,000 deaths linked to cold weather last winter, new figures show. The number of "excess winter deaths" in England and Wales rose by 29% compared with the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

View all 3 updates ›

Charity: Rising winter deaths cause for 'national shame'

Charity Age UK has said that the ONS figures on rising winter deaths should be cause for "national shame" because of a "failure to address the scandal of cold homes" in the UK.

It should be a cause of national shame that last year’s cold weather claimed so many lives unnecessarily. Excess winter deaths are preventable and today’s figures are a damning indictment of our failure to address the scandal of cold homes in this country.

Cold homes are caused by a number of factors including poor insulation and high energy costs, and are a major cause of excess winter deaths.1 In fact those living in the coldest homes are three times more likely to die a preventable death than those living in warmer ones.

– Age UK’s Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams,

More top news