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British pensioners are among Europe's poorest, with more
than two million older people at risk of poverty, figures from the
Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.
The UK is ranked fourth out of 27 European countries behind only
Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain.
More than one in five of older British people were classed as
being at risk of poverty in 2010, "significantly higher" than the
EU average of 15.9 per cent, the ONS said.
Charities said the figures should be a "wake-up call" to the
plight of millions of older people and called for a radical
shake-up of the pension system.
Michelle Mitchell, of Age UK said: "The Government must continue
to work proactively on ways of getting money to older people in
desperate need. Independent information and advice and face-to-face
communication are key to improving the take-up of benefits."
See our information section on benefits for people aged 60+
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