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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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Govt: We made 'clear commitment' to keep OAPs warm

The government has made "a very clear commitment" to keep over-65s warm every winter and 12.5 million would be eligible for between £100-£300 to help pay their fuel bills if there born before July 5 1952.

A Government spokesman said:

Around 12.5m older people are due to receive £2.15bn in help from Winter Fuel Payments this year - part of our very clear commitment to keep British pensioners warm this winter.

What's more a total of £700 million has been paid out to vulnerable people in Cold Weather Payments since 2010 in 28 million separate payments - and this year the Warm Home Discount is providing £310m of extra help to those at risk of fuel poverty.

But we know the way to help people - permanently - is to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. We are improving the UK's housing to help over 1.3m homes, on top of an investment of over half a billion pounds in energy efficiency.

– A Government Spokesman

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