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MPs speak out on 'unacceptable' over 50s poverty



The government has been called upon by a parliamentary committee to take action in order to end the "unacceptable" levels of over 50s poverty.

A new report by the Work and Pensions Committee has proposed a raft of new initiatives in order to help the two million pensioners who are currently classed as poor.

The body welcomed the positive impact demonstrated by programmes such as pension credit and benefits on housing and council taxes, but called for new innovations in order to stimulate flagging take-up of the schemes.

Among the other proposals included in the report are the abolition of the default retirement age and an improvement in financial planning advice for over 50s.

Terry Rooney, the committee's chairman, said: "The government has done a lot to help pensioners, but there is a lot still to do [it] needs to develop new and innovative programmes to lift pensioners out of poverty."

This comes after older people's charity Age Concern called for more coherent parliamentary strategy to tackle "worrying and shameful" levels of over 50s deprivation.



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