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Cold winter leads to fear over fuel poverty death toll

Fuel poverty Chief

BBC Newsline talks to the Chief Executive of Age Concern Northern Ireland, Anne O'Reilly, about the problem of fuel poverty here.

Fuel poverty has for many years been described as a scandal, a scourge and a disgrace. But it still affects many homes and kills many people here every year.

As we come out of one of the coldest winters in thirty years there are real fears that the latest death toll will be higher than ever.

To start off a series of reports on BBC Newsline this week, our Environment Correspondent, Mike McKimm, looks at the level of fuel poverty and its effects.

Fuel poverty

Mike McKimm reports on the problem of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

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