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TUC: Rise in persistent poverty for pensioners highlights ongoing importance of triple lock

Commenting on new data released yesterday (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show that the rate of persistent poverty for over 65s rose from 9.1% in 2014 to 9.8% in 2015, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady yesterday said:

“Claims that pensioners have been doing much better than everyone else are wide of the mark. Persistent poverty is higher for pensioners than other adults, and growing.

“That’s why we should keep the triple lock and make sure the state pension keeps going up. It will help the current generation of pensioners, and make it more likely that a decent standard of living awaits today’s workers when they retire.”

Notes to Editors:

  • All TUC press releases can be found at tuc.org.uk/media
  • TUC Press Office on Twitter: @tucnews


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