State pension: Are you one of the 4 in 10 Britons missing out on extra £1,700 per year?


She said: “The numbers of older people living in poverty have risen steadily in the last few years.

“That’s a lot of older people worried sick about how they’ll cope if their heating or their cooker breaks down and needs replacing – more than the entire populations of Newcastle and Liverpool put together.

“For the sake of anyone forced to scrimp and save in their later years, we should do everything possible to raise their incomes, so they can enjoy the dignified and comfortable retirement they deserve.

“There are many reasons why older people don’t claim, including lack of awareness, worry about filling in long forms or disclosing personal information, feeling there is always someone worse off than they are, or being determined not to ask for help, even though in reality they badly need it.





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