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One in ten pensioners in 'appliance poverty'

One in ten pensioners in Britain is said to lack basic household appliances such as fridges and washing machines.New research says that 800,000 people aged over 65 are without the domestic devices, with a further 900,000 living in homes not fitted with central heating.Letting agency Homewise, which conducted today's survey, claims that a further million pensioners in the UK do not have double glazing installed in their homes."It is staggering that in 21st century Britain there are so many pensioners living without amenities and services that the majority of us take for granted," commented Homewise managing director Mark Neal."This is further evidence of pensioner poverty, with many elderly people saddled by growing debts and inadequate pension provision."Today's research also showed that pensioners living in the south of England were the least likely to own household appliances."With such a low disposable income the prospect of spending hundreds, let alone thousands on household appliances just isn't an option," added Mr Neal.

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