'I fear being forced to die in debt' Pensioner, 86, cutting back 'very severely' to get by

In a heart-breaking interview, David, 86, explained he fears he will be 'forced to die in debt' as the cost of living rises and winter begins to bite

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12/7/2021 4:45:00 PM

In a heart-breaking interview, David, 86, explained he fears he will be 'forced to die in debt' as the cost of living rises and winter begins to bite

150,000 OLDER households are at risk of being plunged into fuel poverty this winter as energy prices soar. Soaring inflation and rising energy costs have sparked extreme concern for the poorest pensioners, with Age UK warning the number of fuel poor older households could reach over 1.1 million by the spring.

TrendingHe is really worried about the future."I have a horrible feeling I may die in debt," he said."I don't want to but I fear I may be forced into that situation."David feels pensioners are being treated with contempt, adding: “I’m sorry to say, but this Government just doesn’t care about the disabled or older people.

"With tiny increases to the state pension, how are older people expected to afford these increases?"Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, said: “For older people who have very limited, if any, ways to increase their income, any escalation in the cost of living can be extremely difficult to manage."

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[WARNING] Trending He is really worried about the future."I have a horrible feeling I may die in debt," he said."I don't want to but I fear I may be forced into that situation." David feels pensioners are being treated with contempt, adding: “I’m sorry to say, but this Government just doesn’t care about the disabled or older people. "With tiny increases to the state pension, how are older people expected to afford these increases?" Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, said: “For older people who have very limited, if any, ways to increase their income, any escalation in the cost of living can be extremely difficult to manage." State pension payments will rise via the double lock in April 2022, as the triple lock is suspended (Image: GETTY / UK) Early retirement: You could leave the workforce early in five steps She warned the recent steep inflation rise and lack of adequate financial support for older people would only make these worries worse, particularly for the nearly 1 million older households already living in fuel poverty in England. Mrs Vine said: “We know that living in a cold home negatively impacts older people’s health, ranging from cardiovascular and respiratory problems to depression, at an estimated cost to the NHS of £1.36billion a year. "Cold homes also weaken people’s immune systems, which is increasingly worrying as COVID-19 continues to be a threat." Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, told Express.co.uk: “We are really worried that many older people will ration their heating this winter for fear of building up an energy bill they can’t afford to pay." She said that without urgent action from the Government, around 150,000 more older households could be pushed into fuel poverty by spring . The charity is calling for a package of measures to be brought in immediately, to help those who are most at risk, including a £50 grant for people eligible for Cold Weather Payments. Related articles