Why is the Cold Weather Priority Initiative Necessary?
According to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), there are around 40,000 ‘excess winter deaths’ in the UK each year.
This term describes avoidable deaths where cold is a significant contributing factor. We also know from NICE that, of these avoidable deaths, over 80% occurred in people aged 75 and over.
The CWP scheme is designed to identify those people age 75+ who may be susceptible to colder conditions, enabling heating oil suppliers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to know exactly who may be at risk, enabling them to take pro-active steps to prioritise fuel deliveries to these customers, particularly during times of fuel shortages or extreme cold weather.
Importantly, it costs customers absolutely nothing to be part of the CWP initiative.