Charity welcomes move to assist poorer pensioners

Older people's charity Age Concern and Help the Aged has welcomed new government initiatives to make pension provision more favourable to poorer over 50s.

In a new pension trends report, the Office for National Statistics has outlined the ways in which pension reforms to be introduced in April 2010 will allow those with broken work histories, such as those women caring for children, to more easily qualify for the basic state pension (BSP).

Michelle Mitchell, charity director for Age Concern and Help the Aged, applauded the initiative and called on the government to work to quickly establish a better link between earnings and BSP entitlement in order to assist those already in retirement.

She said: "With British pensioners receiving one of the lowest state pensions in Europe, the government must go further to improve the situation for the country's poorest older people."

Last month, the National Association of Pension Funds expressed its concern that the government needed to be more proactive about pension support in order to prevent policy drift.

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