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Older people 'living in one room of house to keep warm'

Older people 'living in one room of house to keep warm'
11th November 2008

A new survey has found that many older people will stay in one room of their house in an attempt to stay warm this winter.

Two million more older people than last year have said they will resort to the measure, according to the latest findings from the British Gas Help the Aged Partnership.

It also found that one in four older people will seek warmth under blankets in their bed - an increase from one in seven pensioners in 2007.

Mervyn Kohler, a spokesperson for the research team, said they had found that half of all pensioners could feel the need to turn down their heating this winter because they will not be able to afford to pay bills.

He continued: "One in four older people are now estimated to be living in fuel poverty - for more vulnerable older people, this an unacceptable situation."

Age Concern last week warned that encouraging consumers to switch energy suppliers is not a satisfactory way to address the problem of fuel poverty.

The charity also stated that many older people are effectively penalised by the fact that they do not have access to the internet - where the best energy deals can be found.

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