Shocking statistics have revealed that nearly a quarter of local pensioners are struggling with a life of poverty.

A study carried out by charity Independent Age revealed 24% of over-75s across Yorkshire and the Humber were surviving with no savings.

The current poverty threshold for pensioners is an income of less than £182 a week per person, with 23% of the elderly across the region falling under this bracket.

Judith Churley from Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees said: “We deal with people everyday coming in who are struggling with bills and paying for food.

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“We help the elderly apply for certain benefits and pension top ups.

“Older people struggle particularly in winter with the ever increasing cost of energy.”

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees helped 673 people struggling financially between April 2015 and March 2016.

Judith Churley of Age Uk

The said individuals managed to apply for benefits totalling £2,525,788.

Of these, 127 cases were for means-tested benefits, claiming £243,509.

Information and Advice Services worker for the branch Shazad Sadiq said: “I see a lot of people living on low incomes who have never claimed any benefits before and are reluctant to go down that route.

“They have become used to managing on very little money and they do not want other people looking into their financial situation.”

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Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, dubbed today’s elderly as “the silent generation”.

She said: “Older pensioners have missed out on many of the gains of recent years.

“The older people we spoke to as part of this research talked about ‘keeping a brave face’, ‘cutting their cloth’ and not wanting to ask for help.

“But there’s no need to suffer in silence – there is help available.”