14 Dec 2011
Report highlights different challenges facing older people in keeping warm.
Rising levels of income poverty, a high proportion of older people living alone and reliance on oil-based central heating are notable features of fuel poverty among older people in Northern Ireland.
The research was carried out by a group comprising Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), Centre of Excellence in Public Health in Northern Ireland and Brunel University London and funded by the Centre for Ageing, Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).
The report Fuel Poverty, Older People and Cold Weather: An All-Island Analysis features a review of national fuel poverty statistics relating to older people as well as an analysis of excess winter deaths among older people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.