Re­vealed, the shock­ing level of poverty among those over 60

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­NIE GOUK news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

A NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD in Greater Manch­ester has some of the high­est lev­els of poverty among older peo­ple in Eng­land, new anal­y­sis has re­vealed.

The govern­ment has pub­lished of­fi­cial rank­ings look at in­di­vid­ual neigh­bour­hoods, with av­er­age pop­u­la­tions of around 1,500 peo­ple, and are based on the num­ber of peo­ple aged over 60 who are ‘in­come de­prived.’

They in­clude those on in­come sup­port, job­seeker’s al­lowance, em­ploy­ment and sup­port al­lowance, pen­sion credit, cer­tain types of uni­ver­sal credit, and some other ben­e­fits.

Glod­wick in Old­ham emerges as the sec­ond most af­fected by poverty among old peo­ple out of any of the 32,844 neigh­bour­hoods in Eng­land.

An es­ti­mated 150 peo­ple aged 60 - all of the older peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood - are liv­ing in poverty.

Manch­ester, with 50 per cent, is in the top five places for poverty among older peo­ple in the coun­try. The fig­ures show that Old­ham as a whole has sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of poverty among older peo­ple.

Neigh­bour­hoods that fall into the top 10 pc of the coun­try for poverty can be de­fined as be­ing par­tic­u­larly af­fected.

Some 22 pc of neigh­bour­hoods in Old­ham fall into this cat­e­gory.

Else­where, the fig­ure stands at 21 pc in Sal­ford, 19 pc in both Rochdale and Bolton, 7 pc in Traf­ford, Bury and Wi­gan, and 6 pc in Tame­side and Stock­port.

The area with the next-high­est lev­els of poverty among older peo­ple in Greater Manch­ester is a neigh­bour­hood in Bolton, with one area near Hey­wood Park rank­ing in 4th place na­tion­ally, af­fect­ing an es­ti­mated 185 older peo­ple.

Caro­line Abrahams, Char­ity Di­rec­tor at Age UK said: “We are deeply con­cerned that so many older peo­ple are now liv­ing be­low the poverty line.

“For the poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble life can be very tough as peo­ple strug­gle to af­ford even the ba­sics such as food, en­ergy and cloth­ing.”

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