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Before getting help from Age UK County Durham, Lily, 88, was having to make painful sacrifices every day due to her limited income. This meant going to bed early just to stay warm because she couldn't afford to put the heating on.

Pensioner poverty remains stubbornly persistent in the UK, affecting 1.6m people living on or below the poverty line and 900,000 people living in severe poverty.

This is despite older people being entitled to benefits designed to increase their income. We know that as many as 1.6m older people who are entitled to Pension Credit are not claiming it - this could mean them receiving an extra £1,700 a year.

That would put food in the cupboards or, in Lily's case, pay the heating bills to keep her warm in winter.

End Pensioner Poverty

Our End Pensioner Poverty campaign aims to raise awareness of the problem of poverty for older people in the UK and call on local and national Government to take action.

Thank you for your support

The campaign launched in October 2014 with Age UK’s first End Pensioner Poverty Week. During the week Age UKs across the country held events to discuss pensioner poverty with their MPs, and over 1,200 of you emailed your MP to ask their to raise the issue in Parliament.

We also launched our campaign report How we can end pensioner poverty (PDF 290 KB), which gives clear recommendations for politicians and local decision-makers. These range from bringing all pensioners into the new single-tier pension to introducing targets for reducing pensioner poverty.

What next?

We have 84 Age Champion MPs in Parliament, who have pledged to stand up for older people’s issues. We’ll be working with them, the Government and other local decision makers to continue to work to reduce pensioner poverty.

Follow Age UK on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news from the campaign.

I was going to bed at seven o’clock to keep warm because I couldn’t turn the heating on. I don't have to do that now.

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For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787