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UK state pension inadequate for healthy living, report says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39283.668912.DB (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:176
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The minimum income needed for older people to enjoy a healthy life in England is 50% higher than the state pension.

    A single pensioner aged at least 65 years needs £131 a week, and a couple need £208 (€310; $430) a week, a study has calculated (International Journal of Epidemiology 2007 Jul 12 doi: 10.1093/ije/dym129). The state pension is £139.60, before any additional means tested benefits, for a couple aged at least 65 years. It is £87.30 for a single person—£43.70 below the amount that the paper says is adequate for a single person.

    “The results suggest that inadequate income currently …

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