Excess Winter Deaths

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What will the Mayor be doing to help combat the 2,500 'Excess Winter Deaths' currently predicted in London this year?


Answer for Excess Winter Deaths

Answer for Excess Winter Deaths

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Excess winter mortalities are a serious concern. The causes of excess winter mortality are complex. As such I am taking action in a number of ways, including:

       My RE:NEW programme deployed over £5million of measures to fuel poor homes across 18 boroughs this year, ahead of the cold weather. RE:NEW is working with boroughs and social housing providers to catalyse energy efficiency retrofit on a larger scale than before, with 60,000 homes currently in the pipeline.

       Older people are more likely to deeper in fuel poverty and are most vulnerable to cold. My annual Know Your Rights campaign aims to maximise income among London's pensioners and help them claim benefits and extra help with paying their bills and keeping warm this winter.

       The Cold Weather Plan for England was published last month. It provides health and social care services with emergency planning and preparedness guidance in the event of severe weather and periods of cold weather. My Health Team will continue to work closely with Public Health England's London office and Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE's London Director, my statutory health Adviser to help combat excess winter deaths.