Pensioners' cost of living fears

Research by Age Cymru shows that 26% of pensioners in Wales cut back on heating and eating because they are worried about the cost of living.

Concerns over number of Welsh pensioners cutting back on heating and food

More pensioners in Wales are cutting back on heating and food than anywhere else in the UK, according to an older people's charity. Age Cymru says 26 percent of those living on a pension here reduced their heating over the winter months.

The charity says it's because they're increasingly worried about the cost of living. We've been speaking to an 84 year old from Cardiff who says he wears two cardigans to keep warm and has to dip into his overdraft just to get by.

'One in four' pensioners in Wales choose between heating or eating

Alfred Ford reviews his finances for the month

Alfred Ford from Cardiff has to use his overdraft to pay his bills. Despite savings and two pensions, he can't make ends meet. He uses around £300-£500 from his overdraft every month.

Money is so tight that he doesn't cook dinner twice a week. He also can't afford to buynew clothes, with his wardrobe including items he bought in the 1970s.

In order to keep heating bills down he will often wear two cardigans, as well as using thicker curtains in the winter.But Alfred is not alone. According to Age Cymru, as many as one in four pensioners in Wales are cutting back on heating and eating.

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Quarter of pensioners 'cut back on heating and eating'

As many as one in four pensioners in Wales are cutting back on heating and eating, according to research released by Age Cymru.

The charity says that figure is higher than anywhere else in the UK.

Now a 'Let's Talk Money' campaign is being launched to encourage older people to claim the benefits they are entitled to receive.

Age Cymru is concerned that so many pensioners are cutting back on basics such as heating and eating and that this problem seems to be more widespread in Wales than anywhere else in Britain.

It is vital that pensioners are getting all the money they are entitled to receive. However, we know that a third of people who are entitled to Pension Credit - which could boost their income by £1,716 a year - are not claiming it.

– Graeme Francis, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Age Cymru