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The human cost of high energy bills? Nearly 5,000 have died in damp, cold homes

Nearly 5,000 more people died in 2022-23 because their homes were damp and cold. That was the winter when energy bills skyrocketed.

While the energy firms made billions of pounds in profit, Rishi Sunak’s Tory government claimed to be doing all it could to ensure that ordinary people would not freeze.

It seems whatever Sunak did, it was not enough.

Here’s the Morning Star, which had the earliest report I’ve found so far:

Almost 5,000 people in Britain died last year as a result of living in cold and damp homes, an analysis of official data revealed today.

The figures, compiled by the End Fuel Poverty Coalition… calculated that of the 21,890 excess winter deaths in 2022-23, 21.5 per cent were caused by living in cold homes.

It comes as a report card by the Warm This Winter campaign on the government’s progress against its eight key measures to tackle the energy bills crisis, including providing financial support for those most in need, has revealed that on half of these, ministers are making no progress.

The report card found that on one measure, the government has taken backwards steps that will deepen the country’s reliance on expensive fossil fuels by failing to reduce Britain’s gas exports.

We all knew that we couldn’t rely on the Tories to protect vulnerable people against rampant corporate profiteering, and this is exemplary of what happens when they are asked to try.

Tories are rabid social Darwinists anyway; they probably think the deaths of your relatives and friends are a good thing for the country. But:

Every time you hear about energy firms’ profits, remember they are built on the deaths of 5,000 people.

Source: Nearly 5,000 people in Britain died last year due to damp and cold homes, analysis finds | Morning Star

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