Health Implications of Living in a Cold Home


Fuel poverty primarily affects the most vulnerable including the elderly and people with existing health conditions.

  • The risk of experiencing severe ill health or disability during childhood and early adulthood is increased by 25% if an individual lives in poor quality housing.
  • Chances of developing mental health issues increase by 50% in cases where people are living in a home under the desired temperature of 21 degrees (Community Action on Fuel Poverty).
  • Each year around 32,000 more people in the UK die in winter months than in other months (

                                         o  10%of these deaths are directly attributable to fuel poverty.

                                         o  20%of these are linked to the coldest 25% of homes.

                                         o  30%are attributable to cold housing conditions.

There is heightening pressure on local and NHS services as we see an increase of those suffering from environmentally aggravated illnesses. Community Action on Fuel Poverty estimates that the UK spends £22 billion in NHS treatment for cold related admissions.