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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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He said: "Minister Hanafin's plans to means-test the assistance means that some families whose homes have been ruined by the floods will get no assistance from the State.
Means-test that instead and keep your mucky local government mitts off pensioners' passes.
FIONA, I could not agree more with your proposition to means-test child benefit for those people who receive pounds 100,000 a year.
Legal aid bills for magistrates' court cases are understood to have risen by about a third since the means-test was scrapped three years ago, making state assistance available to anyone charged with a crime.
Means-test the well-off to see if they need family allowance.