Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
It is believed NI pensioners are the worst off in the UK (© Getty)
The average payments recorded from 2008 were £520 a week for couples and £242 for single people.
The Department for Social Development study was taken from April 2010 to March 2011 and found that older residents were more likely to be entirely reliant on state support.
Chairwoman of the Age Sector Platform, Patricia Donald said: "The ability to keep warm and eat a balanced diet should not be out of reach for the average pensioner and it is outrageous that this is the case considering the contribution these people have made throughout their working lives and continue to make through caring, volunteering and as grandparents."
The report also found that almost half of the average £400 weekly payment received was made up of state benefit.
Energy and food prices are the biggest concerns for older people here and these were the most popular topics for debate at this year's Pensioners Parliament survey.
From 2008-2011 Northern Ireland was the lowest ranking region of all regions in the UK with an average of £520 paid per couple compared to £609 in Wales, £615 for Scotland, and £617 in England.
Single pensioners also had the lowest gross weekly income £57 less than their English counterparts.
Single pensioners also had the second highest benefit income of all regions in the United Kingdom, level with Scotland but higher than England.
Ms Donald added: "It is clear that pensioners in Northern Ireland are having to survive on a lot less than their counterparts in other areas of the UK, and unsurprisingly are finding it difficult to make ends meet."
Northern Ireland also has the highest rate of pensioner poverty with a fifth of all older people here affected.
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