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UK seeks to prevent 50 000 winter deaths from “fuel poverty”

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:510
  1. Judy Jones
  1. Malmesbury

    The UK government has launched a 10 year strategy to prevent deaths among old and vulnerable people as a result of fuel poverty. Some studies have suggested that as many as 50 000 people die annually because they cannot afford to heat their homes properly.

    About 4.5 million people across the United Kingdom are expected to benefit from the £1.5bn ($2.25bn) a year programme. The main target is to ensure that by 2010 no vulnerable household—older people, families with young children, people with disabilities, and people with long term illness—need to risk ill health, or worse, because of a cold home.

    In England five areas will be designated “warm zones” …

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