Hundreds of excess winter deaths have occurred in Enfield and Haringey.

According to the latest figures from the Officer of National Statistics (ONS) in the 2016 there were 240 excess deaths in the boroughs – a 60 per cent increase on the year before.

Excess winter deaths are defined as the difference between the number of deaths in the winter months (December to March) compared with the previous (August to November) and following (April to July) three months.

London Assembly member for Enfield and Haringey Joanne McCartney said: “It is extremely concerning to see this increase in excess winter deaths locally, and unacceptable that so many Londoners this winter will be trapped in cold homes.

“This is a deep and entirely preventable social injustice. Sadly, this tragic rise is likely to continue, unless significant action is taken to improve housing standards and address fuel poverty in the capital.

“Work is being undertaken at City Hall to tackle these issues, but it clear that we now need more support from the Government.”

The ONS has attributed the majority of these deaths to respiratory disease but a study from charities National Energy Action and E3G, also showed fuel poverty and cold homes to be a prevalent underlying factor.

Provisional figures by the ONS have also revealed in 2017 there were 4,200 excess winter deaths across the capital – an increase of 23 per cent compared to 2016.