Pensioner fears he’ll freeze to death in sheltered housing ‘with no heat’

A vulnerable pensioner says he fears he will freeze to death this winter because the heating system in his sheltered accommodation home is broken.

Reginald Moorby, 85, said he didn't have any heat last winter and he is refusing to pay his rent until the council fixes the system.

The former Royal Signals mechanic claims the breakdown happened in October last year and he has reported it to East Kent Housing "umpteen" times but no action has been taken.

The veteran, from Lydd, Kent, said he feels he is getting frail and he is worried about what will happen this winter, which could be one of the coldest in 30 years, if the heat doesn't come back on in his flat.

He said: “As of August 12 I’ve paid no rent and I refuse to pay until I get some heating.

"This is making me ill.

“My nerves are shattered to be honest. And I’m feeling desperate.”

More than 3,000 people “needlessly” die each year in the UK because they cannot afford to properly heat their homes, according to National Energy Action, and the majority of deaths are infants and people aged 85 and over.

Mr Moorby said: “I’ve had heating problems since last October. That’s nearly a year.

“During the winter months it was freezing in here.

"Only about two inches of the radiator gets warm – and it’s just lukewarm, not hot.

“I’d go to bed with underclothes and a dressing gown.

“In the day I’d wear my coat. I’ve reported it umpteen times.

"People have visited but nothing’s been done.

“My neighbours also have problems."

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