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an examination of the personal and financial circumstances of an individual to assess his or her eligibility for benefits under a country's system of SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. The benefits that are being claimed are not regarded as a universal right but are assessed under rules and regulations as laid down by legislation and the government department concerned. The payment of the welfare benefit is a right only if an individual is within the limits of income, personal circumstance, etc., for the period of the claim. Many poverty-action groups argue for the abolition of means-tested benefits because of the indignities that an examination of circumstances imposes and because they discourage proud but needy individuals from applying. Others argue for their retention as a means of limiting TRANSFER PAYMENTS and curbing GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE.
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Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop says a suggestion by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that pensioners should be means tested for benefits like bus passes and winter fuel allowance "should be put on Guy Fawkes bonfires".
The cost of housing would also continue to be means tested.
I don't think they should be means tested, OAP's were promised free care.
The authority had wanted to move residents into independent sector nursing homes, where they would have been means tested for their nursing care.
I recently received an extra pounds 60 Christmas bonus and would have qualified for that even if it had been means tested.
However, it is not means tested and is a universal benefit for the elderly.
It's about time the various other benefits were means tested.
She added: ''The minimum income guarantee will mean that many entitlements will be means tested for the elderly.
Disability Allowance is a means tested weekly allowance paid to people with a disability who are aged 16 or over and under 66.