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More older women than men rely on government pensions and allowances
In 2011-12, more women (79%) than men (70%) aged 65 years and over and not in the labour force depended on government pensions and allowances as their main source of personal income. In contrast, almost twice as many men (19%) than women (10%) relied on superannuation or an annuity as their main source of personal income.
Other data from the Survey of Income and Housing shows that in 2011-12, significantly more female lone parents than male lone parents aged 15 years and over were living in low income households (42% compared to 27% respectively).
In 2011-12, a similar proportion of females and males living in low income households were experiencing rental stress (38%). This was a significant increase from 29% in 2003-04 for female lone parents. It was not a significant increase for male lone parents (31% in 2003-04).
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