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‘Save lives by insulating homes’, Government urged

"Living in a cold, damp house can make heart disease and strokes more likely – it’s a disgrace that millions of vulnerable people in Britain live in homes lacking basic insulation.

"Next month’s Energy Bill is an opportunity for the Government to protect the nation’s health and tackle climate change by delivering a nationwide refit to improve the worst insulated homes by 2020."

There were an estimated 25,400 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2009/10 – a 30 per cent decrease compared to 2008/09.

The number of extra deaths in winter varies depending on temperature, level of disease (particularly influenza) and other factors. Winter 2009/10 was the coldest since 1995/96 but flu levels were below baseline levels for most of the season.

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