The number of women aged 60 and over claiming universal credit and out of work benefits increased by almost five times in the last six years – with campaigners attributing this sharp rise to the state pension age increase.
The rise of women making claims for such benefits – which soared from 7,578 to 36,527 between 2013 and 2019 – was almost three times more than men who are aged 60 and over.
In the same time period the number of women aged 60 and over making benefit claims surged, there was an 11 per cent decrease in claims by the total population.
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