Winter deaths action planned
AN AVERAGE of almost 200 people in Stoke-on-Trent die each year as a result of cold weather.
The total number of 'excess winter deaths' in the city is higher than the regional and national averages.
Latest Government figures, which cover 2006 to 2009, have been disclosed by the city council as it develops its new strategy for 'green homes'.
It aims to improve energy efficiency in the city's houses and cut fuel poverty to stop vulnerable people switching off heating over cash fears.
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The strategy – to be discussed today – will focus on installing energy-saving measures at existing homes and cutting fuel poverty by securing funding for energy projects to protect the most vulnerable residents.
Councillor Adrian Knapper, cabinet member for health, said: "Fuel poverty can have a big impact on people, especially those on low income and it is important that we help the most vulnerable in our society."