Sky News. UK News Living on 'a pittance' The Cost Of State Pension Updated: 08:31, Saturday March 25, 2006 People living on the state pension have less to spend on their weekly food shop than the average Briton spends eating out, it has been claimed. Pensioners living in the 1.2 million households that rely on the state pension for their main source of income spend an average of just Â£20.73 a week on food and non-alcoholic drinks - less than Â£90 a month. The figure is nearly 25% less than the Â£27.41 the average person spends in bars and restaurants each week, according to Virgin Money. It points out that pensioners on a budget of just over Â£20 a week are limited in the foods they can afford to buy. They are reliant on supermarket own-brand products and cut-price ranges, as well as canned fruit and meat. Retired people are also having to cut back in other areas of their life. The average single pensioner who depends mainly on the state pension has just Â£3.30 a week to spend on alcohol and tobacco and Â£6 on clothes and shoes. They also have Â£5.90 to spend in restaurants and hotels, and Â£16.80 to spend on leisure activities. Jason Wyer-Smith, of Virgin Money, said: "Over a fifth of pensioner households in Britain are living on a pittance, barely managing to afford life's essentials like food and drink. Explain to me once again.....What was WW2 about???