Through targeted support, and over £13 billion extra funding, the proportion of pensioners in relative low income has fallen by around a third from 29 per cent. in 1998-99 to 19 per cent. in 2006-07. Over this period the proportion of male pensioners in relative low income has fallen from 26 per cent. to 17 per cent. and the proportion of female pensioners from 30 per cent. to 20 per cent.