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British woman dying without money to keep warm

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Moscow, January 26 – An elderly resident of the United Kingdom – 87-year-old Barbara Bolton – died of hypothermia caused by the increased cost of heating, according to the Daily Mail.
The woman was hospitalized on December 11 last year and died on January 5. Hospital records indicated that her illness was due to her inability to turn on the heating.
Law enforcement agencies launched an investigation into the accident.

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Earlier it became known that 63% of British adults began to use less gas and electricity, while 96% of those surveyed said that they use heating more often. When asked what measures they take to keep warm, 82% of respondents say they wear warmer clothes or cover themselves with a blanket, 46% only heat the rooms they are in, and 27% go to bed early. It is noted that every third respondent (34%) said that saving on heating has a negative impact on health or well-being.
The West has stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Supply chain disruptions have led to higher fuel and food prices in Europe and the United States. In the UK, the rising cost of living has affected millions of families. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority previously reported that around 32 million UK residents (60% of the adult population) are struggling to pay their bills amid soaring inflation and a record high cost of living.
The Bank of England raised the base rate by 50 basis points to 3.5% from 3%. The regulator also said that the UK economy has entered a recession, which is expected to last throughout 2023 and the first half of 2024. The UK’s annual inflation rate in November was 10.7%.

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