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Backing for cold homes help

EM_at_Wittsend_Park.JPGEd is supporting calls to warm up some of Doncaster’s coldest homes.

He met residents living in ‘park homes’ – also known as prefabricated housing – at Wittsend Park, Arksey (pictured).

Click here to see coverage of the visit in the Doncaster Free Press.

The latest figures for Doncaster show on average 54 people have died each winter due to cold weather for the last five years, while across Yorkshire there were 4,100 deaths in the last financial year compared to 1,810 in 2013/14.

Mr Miliband said: “Thousands of older person die each winter from cold weather across the country, including dozens here in Doncaster. Many of these deaths could be prevented if everyone lived in a warm home. 

“The government’s energy efficiency programmes have not gone nearly far enough to help older people keep warm in their own homes, and more needs to be done – particularly to help people living in prefabricated homes.”

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous winter.

He added: “Energy prices have risen rapidly over the last five years but no effective action has been taken to improve the efficiency of older homes, such as the park homes I visited in Arksey.

“The government needs to overhaul its programmes so no older person has to worry about the cold and everyone is able to keep warm and well in winter.”

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