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3.5 million elderly people 'at risk from winter cold'

Around 3.5 million elderly people are worried they will not be able to keep warm this coming 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 properly insulated homes, according to Age UK.

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Charity: 70% of over-65s 'worried about cost of energy'

Almost three-quarters of over-65s living in the UK are worried about the rising cost of energy, according to an age concern charity.

Research from Age UK showed:

  • One third of over-65s are worried about how they will heat their home in the first place.
  • Some 41% of older people believe the government should do more to ensure UK homes are made more energy efficient.
  • Another 36% want energy companies to intervene and insulate old homes.

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