Goverment to explain why is the state pension £8000 when the minimum wage £18000

Goverment to explain why is the state pension £8000 when the minimum wage £18000

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George Rigby started this petition to Government

The Government has made the minimum living wage to be £18000, yet the State Pension is only £8000. Once you retire like I am you cannot work to boost your income. Retired people still have the same living expenses as working people, yet are expected to survive on £10000 a year less than the Governments minimum living wage. The Government needs to justify the gap between the minimum living wage and the State Pension. There are retired people dying because they cannot survive on the State Pension, they cannot afford their council tax, rent, heating, food, cloths, home repairs and socialising. All as important as each other, many die from loneliness due to not being able to afford to leave their home. Many have not had the opportunity to save for their retirement, due to their previous working. Not everyone has been lucky enough to have a company pension, or work in jobs that paid enough to invest money in a private pension, or invest money in form of investments. Many have had small savings in banks, which has paid almost next to nothing in interest rates. The UK is 5th richest country in the world, yet pays one of the lowest state pensions of any country. The Government needs review the State Pension,  then fund the State Pension to bring it into line with the its status as 5th richest country in the world  The Government gives millions to forgien countries that would be better invested in the State Pension, increasing the spending power of retired people, increasing jobs in the UK  

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