The reason for tackling cold homes and fuel poverty comes down to health. Cold homes equals poor health and being cold has negative impacts on physical and mental well-being.
In the map below we look at health indicators published most recently by Public Health England in August 2016. Data is produced at the Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) level - each MSOA has a maximum number of 6000 households which therefore covers a much larger area than LSOAs. There are 76 MSOAs in North Yorkshire compared to 373 LSOAs.
The main indicators are for emergency hospital admissions and for deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and for coronary heart disease (CHD). Both can be excerbated by cold homes albeit we recognise that there are many other causal factors too.
The indicators allow the level of admissions at a local level to be compared to those expected given the age structure of local populations. If the indicator value for a MSOA is more than 100 then it means that there have been more admissions or deaths than would have been expected.