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Published on 25 June 2015 12:00 PM

In response to the new poverty (Household Below Average Income) published today, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

'After positive progress in recent years, it’s worrying to see that the percentage of pensioners living in poverty has increased slightly[1] and frankly unacceptable that so many are still struggling to afford the very basics.

'With 1.6 million older people living in poverty – as well as millions of working age families and children – we urgently need a concerted effort to help the most vulnerable. Better access to good quality information and advice, and increased take-up of pensioner benefits would be a good start. A national strategy which sets firm targets and workable solutions to end this scandal is long overdue.

'Ultimately we want to see pensioner poverty halved by 2020 but in the meantime, ensuring that the poorest pensioners receive all of the help that they’re entitled to would make a huge difference to many lives.'

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Media Contact: helen.spinney@ageuk.org.uk or media@ageuk.org.uk - 020 3033 1430 / Out of hours contact: 07071 243 243

Notes to editors

1 The percentage of pensioners living in relative poverty has increased from 13% (in 2012/13) to 14% (in 2013/14).

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