A PETITION is hoping to force the British government to stop paying its pensioners the lowest amount in Europe.
The UK pays the worst basic pension, at just 17 per cent of the national average wage.
Most European pensioners receive at least 60 per cent of their countries average wage.
Only Estonia (33%),Ireland (31%),Holland (30%)and the UK(17%) pays less than 40 per cent.
Political consensus was reached by the EU Nations at the Laeken Summit 2001 that each member would pay 40 per cent by 2007 and then work towards 60 per cent.
Pensioners in Greece, Spain and Italy receive over five times the UK’s basic pension. Those in Portugal and France receive over four times, while in Sweden and Poland they get three times as much.
Sign the petition at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/pensionpoverty/