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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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And remember, we all live under the most obvious of means tests. It's called income tax.
A global means test is a significant start to entitlements reform, but it is no panacea.
Profiling just one family's situation shows the financial and emotional strain created by the means test - and its inability to take into account the real help its applicants need to provide a safe and accessible home, with room to play, for their children.
'We plan to increase the value of the basic state pension so that it is worth more than the means test. The sooner we start, the sooner we can get there,' he said.
'The integrated child credit will be a new means tested benefit for families and for him it offers an ideal opportunity to means test or tax child benefit at the same time,' said Mr Willetts.
again the Tories are trying to bash pensioners by proposing to means test our benefits.
Will he be means tested before this money is handed over?
The Government has a moral duty to help ALL our citizens at this terrible time by immediately abandoning this mean and petty means test.
Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said it was wrong to put families through the trauma of a means test after the devastation of having their homes destroyed.
He added: "A rigorous means test for civil legal aid is already in place.
"To reintroduce the means test will not result in any reduction in illness among older people.
"If the Cabinet decide to means test this it will leave thousands of families struggling to provide vital basics for their children."