July 4, 2008

Falling Short

A CHARITY is calling on the Government to do more to improve quality of life for North East pensioners.

Help the Aged made the comments after the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report "A minimum income standard for Britain: what people think" was released on Wednesday.

The study found the basic state pension gave a retired couple about three quarters of the minimum income.

Mervyn Kohler, special adviser for Help the Aged, said: "This research confirms that the basic state pension does not provide enough money to enjoy a basic standard of living."

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