UK - Women will face poverty in retirement unless the government acts quickly, Age Concern and the Fawcett Society warn.
They say women in a pensioner couple receive just 32p for every £1 of income received by men, and almost a quarter of single female pensioners already live in poverty.
The retirement organisations said the government recognised these issues in the Green Paper but failed to offer any solutions and they must be one of the top priorities for the new pensions minister.
Age Concern England director general Gordon Lishman said: “Pensioner poverty is a huge challenge for the government – central to this must be the needs of women.”
Fawcett Society director Katherine Rake added: “The state pension is particularly important for women because of lower pay, broken employment records and less access to occupational pensions.”
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