BRITAIN’S pensioners are the poorest in Europe and are sick of Tory parroting that they have “never had it so good.”
The National Pensioners Convention (NPC), whose annual Pensioners’ Parliament starts today in Blackpool, has published a new “age audit” on pensioners’ incomes, health, diet, lifestyle, social exclusion and future generations.
It reveals a catalogue of problems — 1.9 million older people are living in poverty, British pensions are the worst out of 37 developed countries in relation to wages and the percentage of pensioners unable to afford a decent standard of living has risen from 23 per cent to 31 per cent.
Cuts of £6 billion to adult social care means that 1.2 million pensioners do not get the care they need and 500,000 to 800,000 suffer abuse and neglect, states the audit.
Pensioners are also among four million British households living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes.
NPC general secretary Jan Shortt said: “We can only start to address the very serious issues facing older people when we accept a more balanced view of what life is like for millions of pensioners in 21st century Britain.
“With this understanding we can then start to design and map out the kind of services and welfare that is needed to look after and support people after a lifetime of work.
“At the moment, the UK is not the best place in which to grow older and that needs to change for both today’s pensioners and the pensioners of tomorrow.”
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