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means test

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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After the successful introduction of means testing in the magistrates' courts, it is now being introduced in the Crown Court.
I would like to openly invite those who proposed the means testing for bus passes to have a media debate.
Not surprisingly, the need for such a revision tends to be justified by the beneficiaries not because it makes them better off but on the grounds that means testing is a disincentive to building up private wealth.
The committee said plans by the Department of Constitutional Affairs for means testing legal aid were targeting the cheapest cases in the criminal justice system when they should be looking at the most expensive.
Waterford Labour councillor Seamus Ryan has called on the Government to end means testing for the allowance - the top full-time rate being EUR122.
Say no to means testing and share our country's wealth.
While the commission was close to agreement on many points, issues such as the outpatient drug benefit, means testing, and raising eligibility were contentious enough to became deal breakers.
THE REFORM BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE and Senate in 1998 include a number of changes, the most significant of which is means testing to determine whether a debtor is eligible to file under Chapter 7.
Public pressure could bring about a higher state pension and an end to means testing for pensions, at the cost of higher general taxation -- but energy shortages and damaging climatic changes may limit the nation's capacity to meet the Government's public spending commitments, including the costs of supporting the elderly.
He said it was also wrong to suggest means testing the winter fuel allowance.
I WRITE to assure all senior citizens in Crosby, Thornton and Hightown that I will oppose any plans to introduce means testing for free bus passes.