UK - The government must pledge to end pensioner poverty, says Help the Aged.
The charity’s latest research report – Growing Older in Socially Deprived Areas – reveals that more than 10% of older people in some of the most deprived areas of the UK find it difficult or very difficult to manage on their current incomes.
It added that the minimum income guarantee was failing to help those most in need.
Help the Aged head of public affairs Mervyn Kohler said: “The government must re-examine its priorities and pledge to end pensioner poverty, as it has pledged to end poverty for children.”
Conservative party work and pensions spokesman David Willetts said pensioners had suffered because of the government’s failure to tackle crime, the crisis in the health service and the complex benefits system which left millions of eligible pensioners in need. The Help the Aged research was carried out by the Centre for Social Gerontology at Keele University.
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