More than a million pensioners are still living in poverty, partly due to their failure to claim benefits, the charity Age UK has claimed.

In a new report, it said 1.6m pensioners in the UK are living below the poverty line, and are “floundering” on low incomes.

It conceded that the numbers living in poverty had fallen since 2000, but said progress had now stalled.

The government said it was trying to help pensioners claim their benefits.

The report, called How We Can End Pensioner Poverty, said that many pensioners “had been walking a tightrope in recent years,” as food and utility bills have risen.

But the biggest cause of poverty was that people are missing out on £5.5bn worth of public support.

via BBC News – A million pensioners still living in poverty, says Age UK.