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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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Means tests reduce payments for those with wealth or income above certain levels.
Part II points out the flaws in the new statute and argues that the BAPCPA's means test was a policy mistake.
And the question of whether any modestly paid person is better off in this scheme facing a means test, or out of it altogether, requires highly individual advice.
The means test has a substitution effect because it is, in effect, a tax on the marginal consumption of the retired people who face it.
For instance, all secured debt--on such things as house and car payments--is deducted from income under the means test.
PSI's program has no set upper-income limit, but there is a means test.
The Dynamic Means Test Calculator is free to use by downloading the online single case program.
David Cameron dismissed calls to means test for free TV licences, bus passes, prescriptions, eye tests and the winter fuel allowance, saying it would produce "only very, very small savings".
So to cut benefits without imposing a means test is quite honestly the only way the Government can proceed.
Yet today the Sunday Mirror reveals that his Chancellor is plotting to means test it as well as slashing vital Cold Weather Payments for the most needy elderly.
Angie McCormack, project development officer for the forum, said England should follow Northern Ireland and get rid of the means test.