Winter death rates revealed

The Office for National Statistics has published the figures of the number of Winter deaths last year. The figures are expected to be higher than last year since March 2013 was recorded as the coldest Winter since 1962.

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Winter deaths a 'national scandal' says charity

The number of winter deaths has risen in Wales and it's been described as a "national scandal" by a leading charity.

Figures from the Office of national statistics in Newport shows the number of excess winter deaths was 1,900. Cold weather can increase risks of problems such as stroke but as Rob Osborne's been finding out, many blame the rising cost of heating a home.

Charity calls for government action over winter deaths

Charity Age Cymru is calling for more to be done to prevent people dying during the winter months from cold-related illnesses.

The number of winter deaths rose from 1,260 between December 2011 and March 2012 to 1,900 in the same four months 2012/13.

We know that last winter older people in Wales were more likely to have cut back on their heating and eating than those anywhere else in the UK.

Rising energy prices are likely to mean more people are put in this position again this winter and this, combined with very cold weather, could be very dangerous for many older people.

The fact that older people in our communities are risking their health because they are afraid to turn up their heat or are going without food is clear evidence that we are failing them. The fact that people actually die in these entirely preventable circumstances is our national shame.

– Graeme Francis, Age Cymru


Nearly 2,000 people died last winter - ONS

Almost 2,000 people died in Wales last winter, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Figures on excess winter deaths show a total of 1,900 people died between December 2012 and March 2013, compared with 1,260 in the same four months in 2011 and 2012.

A total of 1,960 deaths were recorded between December 2010 and March 2011.In England and Wales as a whole, a total of 31,100 people died in the winter months of 2012/13, up from 24.200 in 2011/12 and 26,080 in 2010/11.

Number of deaths last winter to be revealed

The vast majority of excess deaths usually effect those who are over 75 Credit: ITV News

Figures will be released later this morning on the effect that last Winter's cold weather had on death rates in Wales.

Official figures are expected to be higher than last year since March 2013 was recorded as the coldest since 1962.

Last year, there were 1,300 excess deaths in Wales and almost 2,000 the year before.

Data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, compares the number of deaths during the winter months with the average in other parts of the year.

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