Pensioner incomes in Northern Ireland down by 8%
Pensioner incomes in Northern Ireland have fallen, according to latest Government figures.
A study by the DSD found that pensioners on average received £385 per week. This is down by 8% from 2012.
However, Duane Farrell of charity Age NI said those average figures "mask a far more complex reality".
The report also said that pensioner incomes in Northern Ireland, for both individuals and couples, were the lowest in the UK.
Mr Farrell, who is Age NI's director of policy, urged pensioners to claim all the benefits they were entitled to.
He said that although another recent report said older people were being lifted out of poverty, "their incomes are falling, and in real terms, they are not as well off as they used to be," he told the BBC.