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Response to OECD pensions report

By: Age UK
Published on 05 December 2017 05:10 PM

Age UK responds to OECD pensions report out today.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

'Today's report from the OECD highlights some very real concerns about the retirement prospects for so many in the UK and should serve as a wake-up call to the government to introduce policies to protect future pensioners.

'With one in six pensioners (around 1.9 million) currently living in poverty in this country – let alone the many thousands more who are struggling on a low income just above this threshold – the Government clearly needs to do far more. Unless action is taken quickly, poverty among the older generation will continue to escalate, undermining all of the progress that has been made in recent years following the introduction of measures such as the pension credit and triple lock.

'There are clearly huge variations in the wealth and health of the UK's older population and life can be very unfair on those with low lifetime earnings. We remain very concerned that the UK pensions system is still not equipped to take care of our ageing population.

'Given the current situation, the State Pension undoubtedly remains a vital tool in the fight against pensioner poverty, giving millions of older people a small element of financial security in an increasingly uncertain world. But the Government must look at how auto enrolment into workplace pensions can work with the State Pension to deliver a decent standard of living in retirement for everyone.'

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Notes to editors

[1] An ‘older household’ for the purposes of the BEIS fuel poverty figures being used in the press release is defined as ‘a household where the oldest person is aged 60 or over’.

[1] Age UK calculation: Based on the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s fuel poverty projections (available here: http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/price-cap-methodology/) combined with BEIS statistics on the proportion of fuel poor households where the oldest person is aged 60+ (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics#2019-statistics).   

[1] Ibid

[1] BEIS, 2021. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in England, 2021 (2019 data). Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2021. [Accessed 03/11/21]. LILEE data, table 22.  

[1] https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

[1] https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

[1] DWP (29 October 2020). Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2018-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2  

[1] 25,681 people in total have told Age UK that they are worried about their energy bills. The time frame for campaigners saying they’re worried about bills is 21st Oct – 14th November 2021.

[1] To date, 6,536 Age UK campaigners have written to their MP to raise their concerns about energy issues. The timeframe for the MP action is Thursday 18th – Wednesday 24th  November 2021.

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We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

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Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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Last updated: Nov 26 2021

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