THOUSANDS of pensioners claim their financial situation is so dire they have contemplated killing themselves, research has revealed.
Around 2% of retired people said they were so worried about money that they had briefly thought about suicide.
One in five said their financial circumstances made them feel anxious or depressed, according to insurer Prudential.
The group found that 17% of pensioners are having to scrape by on less than £5,000 a year, while 27% are struggling on between £5,000 and £10,000. Just 4% of people receive more than £25,000 a year.
Unsurprisingly, one in five pensioners say their income is not sufficient to meet all their financial commitments and live a comfortable life, and 60% admitted they had to curb their spending during the past six months.
Nearly a quarter of people said they had to cut back on buying clothes, 18% were using less heating and electricity.