Almost 42 percent of the UK’s elderly would cut back on food to heat their homes
Close to 42 percent of the UK’s elderly would cut back on food in order to be able to pay their heating bills, a new survey by comparison website comparethemarket.com has been able to find.
The survey of 2,000 people aged 65 and over found nearly half (46%) feared the forthcoming cold snap would increase their bills, 54% worried their income or pension would not be enough to cover the cost and a fifth (22%) admitted they would have to use their savings or credit. Some 61% admitted they cut down energy use during the winter.
Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: “Many older people will be feeling anxious about the current cold snap, not least because high heating costs are prohibitive for many, resulting in large numbers of older people finding it virtually impossible to stay adequately warm.
“The UK has an appalling record on cold-related deaths, with one older person dying every seven minutes from the winter cold. Even ‘normal cold’ temperatures of around six degrees significantly raise the risk of life-changing health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.”
The research suggested the majority of elderly people relied on other measures than central heating in trying to keep warm, including wearing more clothes, using draught excluders and hanging thick curtains.
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