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Latest figures reveal higher winter deaths figures for 2012/13

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate 31,100 excess winter deaths have occurred in England and Wales in 2012/13 - an increase of 29 per cent compared with 2011/12.

The statistics present provisional figures of excess winter deaths in England and Wales for the winter period 2012/13, and final figures for the winter period 2011/12.

The majority of deaths occurred among those aged 75 and over; there were 25,600 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2012/13 compared with 5,500 in people aged under 75.

The excess winter mortality index was highest in the North-west in 2012/13 and lowest in London. London had the highest level of excess winter mortality in 2011/12.

As in previous years, there were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2012/13.

Between 2011/12 and 2012/13 male excess winter deaths increased from 10,590 to 13,100, and female deaths from 13,610 to 18,000.

UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King said: “The prime minister should be in no doubt that these shocking figures are a direct result of how poorly insulated our homes are.

“If there is any rolling back of energy efficiency schemes such as ECO in the Autumn Statement, these disgraceful numbers are only going to get worse. How much more obvious could that be?”

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