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Supporting Older People in Southwark

Cold Related Illness Protest




The majority of excess deaths in winter occur in those aged 75 and over.

In 2014/15, across all of England and Wales, the government’s estimated figures saw a huge increase from 18,000 to 43,900 in deaths from cold related illnesses – the highest number since 1999/00.

In Southwark, 125 people died from cold related illnesses.

The latest figures for additional winter deaths will be released November 23rd 2016.

On that day, SPAG will be taking as many Southwark people as possible to protest the high number of deaths. The London Region of the National Pensioners Convention will be releasing black balloons, with each balloon representing 1000 deaths.

SPAG invites Southwark people to join us meeting at the Tabernacle at the Elephant and Castle at 11am.

The protest takes place from  11.30am to 12.30pm,  Wednesday 23rd 2016, by George V’s statue at Old Palace Yard Westminster opposite the House of Lords. Please do join us.


National Pensioners Convention


The Facts

  1. An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15; the highest number since 1999/00, with 27% more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months.
  1. The majority of deaths occurred among people aged 75 and over; there were an estimated 36,300 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2014/15, compared with 7,700 in people aged under 75.
  1. There were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2014/15, as in previous years. Male excess winter deaths increased from 7,210 to 18,400, and female deaths from 10,250 to 25,500 between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
  1. Respiratory diseases were the underlying cause of death in more than a third of all excess winter deaths in 2014/15.
  1. The excess winter mortality index was highest in the South West in 2014/15 and joint lowest in Yorkshire and The Humber, and Wales

Source: Office for National Statistics

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