June and Pat, sisters in their 70s, said they've worked hard all their lives and didn’t expect to be struggling in later life. They’ve had to cut b
June and Pat, sisters in their 70s, said they’ve worked hard all their lives and didn’t expect to be struggling in later life. They’ve had to cut back on food, petrol and clothing because their state pension hasn’t risen in line with inflation.
Unfortunately it’s not just June and Pat who are struggling.
Another pensioner from Birmingham said she wouldn’t have retired early if she knew what was coming.
To add insult to injury, her husband was forced into retirement when he lost his job during the pandemic.
She said: “We’ve both retired and because we took early retirement we’ve got no income coming in.”
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Meanwhile, pensioners are being urged to check whether they could be entitled to pension credit as this could mean an extra £3,000 a year.
It could also mean they are eligible to help with housing, a council tax reduction and potentially a free TV licence.
Nearly one million pensioners are estimated to be missing out on this DWP benefit even though they should qualify for this extra help.
More information can be found on Gov.uk.