In July 2014 BSHF submitted a response to the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence’s (NICE) consultation on excess winter deaths and illnesses and the health risks associated with cold homes. The goal of the proposed guidelines, which are aimed at a range of key stakeholders including health and wellbeing boards and housing and healthcare providers, is to reduce preventable, excess winter deaths and improve health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups.
Excess winter deaths are a serious concern in England and Wales where it is estimated that there were more than 30,000 such deaths in 2012/2013. Improving the temperature in homes through energy efficiency measures may contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption and fuel poverty.
More information about the consultation along with draft guidelines and a range of supporting documents can be found at the NICE website.