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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 10 May 2013 08:00 AM

Rising living costs have seen more pensioners in Wales cutting back on heating and eating than anywhere else in Britain.

Figures we've released today show that 26 per cent of Welsh pensioners reduced their heating over the winter months because they are worried about the cost of living, compared with a GB average of 21 per cent.

They also reveal that 25 per cent of pensioners in Wales are now buying cheaper or less food, against a GB average of 22 per cent.

Age Cymru has published the figures as it launches its Let’s Talk Money campaign to encourage pensioners to claim the benefits they are entitled to receive.

Our Head of Policy and Public Affairs Graeme Francis says:

“Age Cymru is concerned that so many pensioners are cutting back on basics such as heating and eating and that this problem seems to be more widespread in Wales than anywhere else in Britain.

“It is vital that pensioners are getting all the money they are entitled to receive, however we know that a third of people who are entitled to Pension Credit - which could boost their income by £1,716 a year, are not claiming it.

“This is why Age Cymru is launching Let’s Talk Money campaign - we want any older person who is worried about money to contact us to find out if they could be entitled to some extra help.

“They can call us on 08000 223 444 for free information and advice or visit our Let's Talk Money web pages, for further details.”

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081