[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party 9:30 am, 23rd February 2010

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way so early in her speech. Is it not the case that much of the problem is caused by a sense of pride? Many pensioners do not want to make a claim for means-tested benefits. They see it as some sort of personal failure. Pensioners should automatically receive a citizen's pension that takes account of all the benefits to which they should be entitled, including pension credit, without having to go cap in hand to the state.