2016 Death Toll Final Figures

2016 Death Toll Final Figures

2016 Death Toll Final Figures

by | Inheritance

We all probably lost a favourite celebrity in 2016.  The ‘Year of Celebrity Deaths’ was unprecedented for national mourning.  And it wasn’t just the families of the famous who suffered.

The UK Office of National Statistics has released the number of deaths across the UK, over 595,000.  It is 30,000 more deaths than they forecast.  And this may be the start of an upward trend.  This is the second year the annual death toll was around 600,000 people.

There are many reasons that the death toll is so high, but one major factor was the early arrival of winter.  There is often an increase in deaths during the winter months, up until March.  It is charmingly referred to as the Excess Winter Death Period.  November 2016 saw a 13% higher number of deaths than average.

Possibly the only positive from this death toll was an increase in charities receiving bequests 4 to 6 months after the increase death toll.

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