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“It is concerning that less people in Wales expect to be able to leave an inheritance for their children or dependants by the time they have paid for their retirement than people in other parts of the UK. Pensioner poverty is already a big problem in Wales, with a higher proportion of over 65s here living in poverty than in the rest of the UK.”

Mr Francis emphasised that poverty for many people in Wales actually means being unable to buy life’s essentials.

He added: “It is a scandal that 115,000 older people in Wales are currently living with the difficulties that poverty brings – such as being unable to afford basic essentials such as eating and heating, while the cost of living continues to rise and older people are hit hard by spending cuts.

“Some of the reasons for this are that Wales has generally had high levels of unemployment and lower average incomes than other parts of the UK over recent decades, which has made it difficult for many people to put money aside.

“Government programmes need to support and encourage people to save for their retirement and to ensure that they can maintain a reasonable level of income and afford additional expenditure such as the costs of care services many may need.

“It is vital that tackling pensioner poverty is a priority for both the UK and Welsh Governments.”

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