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Excess winter deaths in Brent double in 2016/17

The number of excess winter deaths in Brent doubled in 2016/17, the latest figures have shown.


Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that there were 120 excess deaths across the borough during this winter period.

This compares to just 60 recorded in the same time frame a year before.

It is part of a growing trend across London – in 2017/18, there were 4,200 excess winter deaths in the capital, which represents a 23 per cent increase from 2016/17.

Politicians have spoken out against the rising number of poorly-equipped properties and are urging authorities to act on issues such as cold homes and food poverty. 

Navin Shah, local assembly member for Harrow and Brent, said the increase in winter deaths is “extremely concerning” and he described the situation in Brent as “unacceptable”.

Excess winter deaths are calculated by comparing the number of deaths during that time with the rest of the year.

The ONS attributes the majority of these deaths to breathing issues, with elderly people particularly vulnerable.

City Hall announced it will invest £2.5 million into its Warmer Homes scheme, which allows landlords, renters and homeowners to bid for up to £4,000 worth of heating funding.

Brent Council has been contacted for comment on the issue.

On its website, it offers simple advice on how to keep warm during cold weather, including wearing extra clothing and eating hot, nourishing food.

It also suggests blocking out draughts with newspaper, letting sunlight into your home during the day and drawing the curtains at dusk.


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22nd December 2018