Increase in excess winter deaths in Welwyn Hatfield

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

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

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.

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.

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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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