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 20,000 more people aged 65 or over in England and Wales die in winter months than in other months (

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.