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State pension 'lottery' revealed

State pension 'lottery' revealed

State pensioners are getting different weekly amounts according to where they live, with the average person receiving £154.10 a week in East Hertfordshire, compared to £128.17 a week in the London Borough of Newham.

This equates to a difference of nearly £30 a week, and £30,000 over the course of a typical 20-year retirement, according to research from consumer group Which.

Its analysis, based on data from August 2017 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), showed pensioners in the City of London (£156.93 a week, but a relatively small number), East Hertfordshire (£154.10), Chiltern (£153.72), Wycombe (£153.70) and North Hertfordshire (£153.61) have the most to be happy about.

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Those living in the London Boroughs of Newham (£128.17), Tower Hamlets (£128.75), Hackney (£129.93), Brent (£133.34) and Haringey (£137.05) have to get by on considerably lower levels of the weekly benefit, the consumer group said.

The state pension ‘lottery’ also affects women differently – who already receive up to £29,000 less from their state pension than men over the course of a typical 20-year retirement, according to previous research from Which.

Putting aside the City of London where there are relatively few people receiving the state pension, women are best off in Richmond upon Thames (£141.98), Elmbridge (£141.03), Renfrewshire (£140.72), East Renfrewshire (£140.61) and Reigate and Banstead (£140.43).

Women living in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Brent and the Orkney Islands get the lowest average of between £120 and £126 per week.

The highest male state pension earners are located in Rugby (£173.73), Wycombe (£173.69), Chelmsford (£173.27), Chiltern (£173.02) and East Hertfordshire (£172.87).

The 14 areas with the lowest weekly average amount for men are all London Boroughs – Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Brent, Lambeth, Haringey, Southwark, Ealing, Westminster, Islington, Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Lewisham.

maria.espadinha@ft.com