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Different approach to fuel pricing needed, says FPH

Commenting on ONS data out today, Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said: “We have to ask ourselves why it is that older people, particularly women, are more likely to die in winter. Yes, we had a particularly cold winter in 2012 and 2013, but the problem here is one of poverty, not just a lack of heat.

“Poorer people end up paying more for their fuel because they don’t benefit from the economies of scale that people who use more fuel enjoy. If you are paying for your gas and electric on a key meter, it costs you more, even if you have less income. So those with the least end up paying more for their heat. We need a different approach to fuel pricing that is not regressive, so that people who live sustainably and use less fuel benefit.”

Written: 26/11/2013 , last modified: 24/12/2013