European Social Charter
European Committee of Social Rights
17. Article 12 .Right to social security
Paragraph 1 Existence of a social security system ……………….
The Committee concludes that the situation in United Kingdom is not in conformity with Article12§1 of the Charter on the ground that:
the minimum levels of short-term and long-term incapacity benefit is manifestly inadequate;
the minimum level of state pension is manifestly inadequate;
the minimum level of job seeker’s allowance is manifestly inadequate
Living in a home that is too cold kills more people in England and Wales than road accidents, alcohol or drug abuse, new analysis has found.
The number of “cold homes” deaths in 2013 has been estimated at 7,400; nearly five times higher than deaths from road and road accidents (1,574), and more than carbon monoxide, fire and assault deaths combined.
It was also slightly more than the number who died from alcohol abuse (7,059).
Cold homes have killed 46,700 people in the UK last five years, the research from the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) revealed using official data.
A group of over 200 organisations backing the fuel poverty campaign Energy Bill Revolution are calling on the government to tackle this “silent killer” by spending more on energy efficiency in homes.
Its recent video, a spoof of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen called ‘Let Them Freeze’, went viral in February.
The research used Office of National Statistics (ONS), National Records of Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency information.
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