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Cornwall's Cold Crisis

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4:37pm 24th November 2014

Revealed: the people dying unnecessarily from the cold in Cornwall.

Figures seen by Pirate FM show it is around 300 every winter - many who cannot afford to pay for heating.

A new fuel poverty law is being introduced, tasking the government to help families make their homes more energy efficient by 2030.

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has been lobbying ministers.

She says it has been estimated that if all those measures were put in place for all people currently living in fuel poverty, it could reduce people's bills by half: "It's a hidden problem and we only think about it in the winter really when all of us who can afford to and we're very fortunate that we can, as we all go to put on our heating or sit by a nice cosy fire, I think it's maybe a time to think about those people who can't do that.

She is urging people to contact organisations like Community Energy Plus, to access cash support: "It's a pretty awful thing to have to admit you can't afford to keep yourself warm and people are more likely to do that in a safe and loving environment like a dementia cafe or the lunch clubs and other such activities so it's really important that people know this cash help is available."

4:37pm 24th November 2014

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