Increase in excess winter deaths in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:55 01 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 03 December 2019

Snow in Welwyn Garden City town centre. Picture: DANNY LOO

Snow in Welwyn Garden City town centre. Picture: DANNY LOO

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An estimated 80 Welwyn Hatfield residents’ deaths were recorded as ‘excess winter deaths’ during the winter of 2017/2018, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The data, from the Office for National Statistics, showed that respiratory diseases continued to be the main cause of excess winter deaths.

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The number has been increasing, with 70 deaths recorded as excess winter deaths in 2015/16 and 50 in 2016/17.

Across Hertfordshire the number has increased from 450 in 2015/16 to an estimated 780 in 2017/18.

The charity Hertfordshire Community Foundation holds an annual winter appeal to help people who are struggling to heat their homes.

Foundation director Helen Gray said: "The roll out of Universal Credit, rising fuel prices and higher costs of living are all resulting in more people struggling."

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