Pensioner Poverty

Charles Walker questions the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on measures to alleviate pensioner poverty.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to alleviate pensioner poverty. [216469]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Through targeted support and around £12 billion extra funding, we have lifted 900,000 pensioners out of relative poverty. We have raised the pension credit standard minimum guarantee by at least earnings in every year since its introduction, and the value of the safety-net we provide for the poorest pensioners has increased by over a third in real terms since 1997.

 

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