Source : Age Scotland
Published on 20 May 2010 03:30 PM
Age Scotland welcomes the release of statistics in the Scottish Government’s Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2008/09 report, issued today, which reveal:
Charity spokesman Lindsay Scott said, “These reductions are extremely welcome but there’s a long way to go to help the 150,000 Scottish pensioners still struggling below the poverty line. We believe that the good work of successive Scottish Governments in addressing fuel poverty has played a role in driving down this figure, as has the Council Tax freeze, which we are hopeful will be extended for another year.
“The new UK government’s commitment to re-link the state pension to earnings from April 2011 with a “triple guarantee” will also play a crucial role in combating pensioner poverty. However in the short-term, the coalition must move quickly towards paying benefits automatically so that the poorest and most vulnerable older people receive all the financial help they’re entitled to.
“Given the current economic climate, there are clearly huge challenges ahead for both the new UK government and the Scottish Government, but now is the time to renew the fight against pensioner poverty and commit to eradicating it once and for all.”
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