BRITAIN's pensioners are some of the worst off in the EU and are at a greater risk of falling into poverty than those in Eastern Europe.
Some 15 countries come ahead of the UK when it comes to levels of poverty in the over-65s, according to a new report by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK).
The UK is performing worse than countries like Romania, Poland and Latvia, despite being the second richest in the Union.
A failing state pension system and low employment later in life has left 1.7million OAPs living below the breadline, experts say.
Some 16.1 per cent of British pensioners live in relative poverty, while Romania has just 15.4 per cent and Latvia has 13.9 per cent.
Germany, Austria, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Ireland, France, Norway, Slovakia, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands are all performing better than the UK.