SCORES of people have died in Barnsley because they couldn't keep warm over winter, shocking statistics have revealed.

NHS Barnsley say around 122 people have died - classed as 'excess winter deaths' - over a three year period. Barnsley’s director of public health is now urging older people to keep warm over the winter. Elizabeth Shassere said: “At this time of year changes in the weather often affect older people and those with long-term illnesses, such as asthma. While recent figures show that deaths nationally remain unchanged, we know that too many people from Barnsley and Yorkshire continue to die unnecessarily. “Many deaths in winter are avoidable and friends and family can help by passing on information and looking out for older people. By taking simple steps, such as eating well and heating homes better, people can stay healthy over the colder weeks ahead. I would encourage anyone over 65 to have the flu jab now and claim any financial support they can receive.”