UK - Nearly two-thirds of pensioners rely on occupational pensions as their main income, Department for Work and Pensions statistics show.
The DWP’s report – The Pensioners’ Income Series 2000-01 – shows that 60% of pensioner units receive an average of £114 per week from company pension schemes.
In 1979 only 40% of pensioner units – defined as couples or single people receiving pensions – took income from occupational schemes, a figure that rose to 57% in 1996-97.
Further statistics show that 72% of couples receive an average of £154 per week from company schemes, while 52% of single pensioners receive an average of £79 per week.
Average pensioner income from all sources was £281 per week for pensioner couples and £136 per week for single pensioners.
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