Health impacts of cold homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3836
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Living in a cold, damp home leads to a higher risk of poor health outcomes, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and mental health problems among all age groups, but also has indirect negative health impacts on children's dexterity and educational attainment.  Alarmingly, as Winter approaches, about 560,000 London households are in fuel poverty and take-up of the Government's Green Deal remains low.  The ONS said excess winter mortality for 2011/12 was highest in London.   What will you be doing this Winter to reduce the negative health impacts for those Londoners living in cold homes?

Answer

Answer for Health impacts of cold homes

Answer for Health impacts of cold homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am taking a number of actions to reduce the impacts of living in cold homes:

     To make London's homes warmer and less costly to heat, my RE:NEW programme has acted early to deliver £4 million of energy efficiency measures, funded by DECC, to London's fuel poor homes already this year.

     My RE:NEW Interim Support Team works directly with social housing providers and boroughs to secure investment from energy suppliers and their delivery agents to catalyse energy efficiency at scale.

     I am continuing my annual Know Your Rights campaign, working with Age UK to promote awareness of benefits and financial support available to older people to help keep their homes warm through the winter.

     My 'Better Environment, Better Health' guide, which will be published shortly, highlights environmental health determinants, including fuel poverty, and recommends actions for boroughs.

     I am continuing to fund those boroughs that did not reach the Decent Homes Standard 2010 through the Decent Homes Backlog Fund.