Poverty link to elderly deaths

Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue
Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said she is not surprised that 2,390 pensioners have died as a result of conditions related to fuel poverty over the past four years.

Colr. Patricia Logue spoke out after figures were released by the Age Sector Platform.

Colr. Logue said: “Nearly 600 pensioners are dying needlessly each year due to conditions related to fuel poverty yet the Tory Government refused to extend the Warm Home Discount to the North.

“This payment of £140 would go a long way to helping pensioners meet the cost of heating their homes during the coldest months of the year.

“I have no doubt pensioners are choosing between eating or heating which is adding to their health issues causing early deaths. We also need to have the supply of natural gas extended to all areas of the North giving pensioners a cheaper option than oil or electricity provide at the minute.”