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Cold Weather Plan for England 2013: Protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather

Creator:

Public Health England

Subject Keywords: Health emergencies, Planning, Climate, Weather
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Region: England
Description:

The Cold Weather Plan gives advice on preparation for the effects of winter weather on people’s health. The publication of the first Cold Weather Plan for England in 2011 marked a milestone for public health in this country. Cold kills. The impact of cold weather on health has been recognised. There are too many avoidable deaths each winter, with just over 24,000 each year in England and Wales. However, the causes are complex, interlinked with fuel poverty, poor housing and health inequalities, as well as circulating infectious diseases, particularly flu and norovirus, and the extent of snow and ice.

This year’s Cold Weather Plan for England has been updated to incorporate the changes in the NHS and public health landscape. Public health is now a key responsibility for local authorities, with health and wellbeing boards tasked with protecting and improving the health of their local populations.

Date:

25/10/2013

DOI:

10.14655/11971-632354

Rights: © Crown copyright
Suggested citation:

Public Health England. (2013) Cold Weather Plan for England 2013: Protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/632354 [Accessed: 13th November 2019].

  

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