Around 3.5 million elderly people are worried they will not be able to keep warm this winter, a charity has warned.
Age UK pointed to the 25,000 elderly people who die every year from the cold, which they amounts to 206 deaths a day or one death every seven minutes.
Known as "excess winter deaths" many of these could have been prevented if pensioners were in more modern homes, the charity said.
Countries which regularly experienced harsher winters, like Finland, Germany and France had far fewer excess deaths because they have newer houses. The UK has some of the oldest buildings in the EU, Age UK said.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: "Fuel poverty is a national scandal which has claimed the lives of too many people - both old and young - for far too long and left many more suffering from preventable illness."
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