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IFS report: Poorest pensioners choose between food or heat

8 June 2011 Last updated at 11:30 BST

Pensioners are having to make stark choices between food and heat in the face of rising energy costs, according to a new report.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the UK's poorest pensioners tended to reduce spending on food in order to cover the cost of having their heating on.

Laura Blow, a senior research economist at the IFS spoke to the BBC's Simon Jack.