A charity has found that around 50,000 older people in Wales live in severe poverty on £183.50 or less a week.
Age Cymru has gather research through the charity’s income maximisation and information and advice services, and have found that 84,000 older people in Wales were living in poverty.
200,000 older people in total within Wales had reported cutting back on food, heating and social activities for financial reasons. The report titled ‘Life on a Low Income’ has estimated that £168m is unclaimed by older people entitled to pension credit alone, reports Inside Housing.
Graeme Francis, the report author, said: “No one should be faced with a calamitous reduction in their standard of living when they retire or be resigned to a life where they are forced to choose between basic essentials in order to make ends meet. Yet unfortunately, many older people in Wales have to make these stark compromises and tough choices every day.”
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