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UK Community Foundations: The growing need to combat fuel poverty this winter

Fuel poverty is a major factor of excess winter deaths and suffering, impacting over 4 million UK households every year. This year the problem has been exacerbated by rising energy costs, fuel shortages, and the long-term effects of the pandemic. On average, 35,000 excess cold-related deaths are reported each winter in England and Wales.

Behind every statistic, there is a story of human suffering. Up and down our country people are facing extreme hardship. As we enter the coldest months of the year, the stark realities of 21st-century poverty in the UK will be felt by millions.

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