A photograph of a group of elderly men protesting for a higher pension, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 23 November, 1938.
A photograph entitled 'Pensioners protest', taken in November 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
The men stand in the porch of St Paul's Cathedral, London, wearing sandwich boards demanding a £1 a week increase in pensions. The 1908 Old Age Pensions Act introduced the first old age pension on a means tested basis. By 1925, the state pension was ten shillings (50p) a week from age 65. State pension for all was introduced with the 1946 National Insurance Act.