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Elderly set for troubled winter as energy costs rise

While we have seen a number of comments and suggestions with regards to how the elderly will cope in the winter months in relation to the massive increase in energy costs, there have been some rather alarming figures released today. It seems as though in the winter months last year 25,300 more people died than in the summer months which was a 7% increase on the previous year. When you add in the fact that two out of three older people are worried about their heating bills it does not bode well for the immediate future.

The government has for many months been promising hard action against the energy companies but so far there has been very little in the way of joy for UK taxpayers in general. Despite a number of headlines suggesting that the elderly would be accommodated over the winter period more needs to be done as this year could be the worst year on record. Of the additional 25,300 who died last winter the majority were down to circulation or respiratory diseases which are more prevalent in the older generation.

The UK government seems well behind the times with regards to support for the elderly compared to many other nations in Europe and across the world.

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