The National Insulation Association (NIA) has today responded to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics which estimates 31,100 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2012/13 – a 29% increase compared to the previous year.
Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA warned: "Poorly insulated homes are a major contributor to excess winter deaths and therefore if the Government rolls back the Energy Company Obligation scheme in the Autumn Statement it could have dire consequences for fuel poor households and increase the number of deaths. Given the recent energy bill price increases Government should be looking at how it can strengthen energy efficiency schemes not cutting them!
"There are still some 7m solid walls, 5m cavity walls and 7m lofts that lack effective insulation and tackling these as quickly as possible should be an absolute priority to help address the cost of living as well as reducing fuel poverty and excess winter deaths."
For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk