As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has has hit out at the Government after figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of excess winter deaths recorded in the region compared to the previous year.
The latest ONS stats for Yorkshire and The Humber show that 3,000 people died unnecessarily last winter, up from 2011/12 by 25 per cent when the number of excess winter deaths stood at 2,400.
Nationally the official figures show that the number of people who died needlessly in freezing weather soared to more than 31,000 last winter and the vast majority of deaths – up almost a third from the previous year – were among those aged 75 and over.
Commenting, Michael said:
“It is appalling that so many people are dying unnecessarily in Barnsley and in Britain today.
“We are set for another cold winter, energy bills continue to go up and up and A&Es are struggling to cope. The severe cuts to elderly care mean support is being withdrawn from homes and hundreds of thousands more people are turning to hospital - they deserve much better.
“Many of these unnecessary deaths are caused by people living in homes that are far too cold because they can’t afford to put the heating on and despite this, the Government still refuses to stand up to the big energy companies. Ministers need to take urgent action and back Labour’s plans to freeze energy bills.”