Millions of women whose state pension is based on their husband’s
national insurance contributions received a rise of less than
£1.60 this week.
Under changes that came into force this week, single pensioners
received an increase of £2.45 a week. But for six million
the entitlement rose from £47.65 to just £49.16.
Campaigning group the National Pensioners Convention was incensed.
Vice-president Dot Gibson said: “It is clear that women are not
doing well out of the present pension system. We urgently need a
basic state pension that is set at the level of the pension credit
Meanwhile, Age Concern Cymru says 40 per cent of older people in
Wales are missing out on benefits worth £426 a year on average
because they do not know about them or fear stigma.