Heat or eat? Elderly Leeds residents left facing grim choice during winter

Keep WarmFour old people each day will die as a result of the cold in Leeds this winter as the city’s elderly population struggles with the grim task of deciding whether to ‘eat or heat’.

That was the warning today from the Age UK charity, highlighting the tragic human cost of the country’s rising fuel bills.

Four of the UK’s so-called ‘big six’ energy suppliers have recently announced plans to put up their prices.

SSE, British Gas, Npower and Scottish Power are hiking their domestic charges by as much as 10 per cent from the middle of next month.

Age UK Leeds chief executive Solo, who uses just a single name, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The older population simply cannot afford [these price rises]. It is a choice between eating or heating for many. Both have serious consequences if not undertaken.

To read more, please click on this link:
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/heat-or-eat-elderly-leeds-residents-left-facing-grim-choice-during-winter-1-6189618

Adel Crag added: Please bring this information to the attention of your friends and neighbours who may not have access to the internet.

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