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Pensioner Poverty

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

7. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of respective levels of poverty among female and male pensioners. (250982)

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.