Elderly faced with heat or eat choice

NRHN 15-10-12 BE 12 Amber valley cvs befriending service for the elderly.Edward Bartle and Ray Kelsall.

NRHN 15-10-12 BE 12 Amber valley cvs befriending service for the elderly.Edward Bartle and Ray Kelsall.

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More and more elderly folk will be forced to choose between heating their home and eating this year according to the boss of Amber Valley’s voluntary service.

Shocking figures by Public Health England show there were 107 ‘excess winter deaths’ in the borough between 2012 and 2013 - significantly worse than the national average.

With four of the big six energy companies due to raise the cost of bills, and icy weather predicted in January - Ripley based Amber Valley Community Voluntary Services (CVS) says the elderly will be forced to make tough choices to save costs.

 

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