How they love to single out benefit fraud but one in three aged Londoners are missing out on Pension Credit worth an average of £23 a week, or £1,200 a year. £470 million goes unclaimed across London.
One in six older Londoners are estimated to be living in poverty. The Greater London Authority estimates that around 200,000 older Londoners are living in poverty. Older people in London are much more likely to be living in material deprivation than anywhere else in the country.Nearly three times the proportion of pensioners living in inner London are unable to afford basics like having a warm winter coat, being able to keep their home damp free and having a regular haircut.