Response to IEA report
Published on 22 February 2011 05:30 PM
In response to a report from the IEA, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Suggesting that all older people enjoy a ‘privileged' economic position shows total ignorance of the reality of life for the majority of over-65s. In fact the UK has one of the lowest state pensions in Europe, with 1.8 million pensioners living in poverty and many more surviving just above the breadline.
'Fixing pension payments to prices would lead to a steady rise in pensioner poverty over coming decades, while removing entitlements such as free bus travel and the winter fuel payment will mean more cold homes and fewer chances to get out and about.
'With political parties united in their commitment to re-building a solid state pension system, it is very disappointing that groups such as the IEA are trying to unpick hard-won consensus.'
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