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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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It is wrong for those very well-paid persons not to be means-tested to some degree as most of the benefits they obtain are just so much loose change to them.
To reduce low-income earners burden of work-related transport expenses, and particularly to encourage them to stay in employment, the Government will put in place a new option of an individually based means-test. Applicants meeting the personal income and asset limit can apply on their own instead of the members of their household.
This backhander is given to them in spite of the fact that most of them have two or three other incomes and, of course, are not means-tested as only people on low incomes are means-tested.
For the 2019/20 academic year, the amount of full-rate subsidy and half-rate subsidy under means-tested subsidy are HK$16,800 and HK$8,400 respectively.
Some 38.4 million of them, or 52.1 percent, lived in homes in which someone received welfare: i.e., "benefits from a means-tested program."
This would mean 70% of Welsh students will be eligible for some form of means-tested grant support, in addition to a universal PS1,000, with around 35% eligible for the maximum grant.
Families with household incomes of less than PS20,000 would receive the PS1,000 non-means-tested maintenance grant, plus the maximum PS8,100 means-tested maintenance grant.
The current system is actually much more efficient than bringing in a complex means-tested bureaucratic system.
Mick and Jean O'Shea won the huge EuroMillions sum in 2005, but Mr O'Shea still receives pounds 500 a month disability allowance because it is not means-tested, the Sun reported.
THE Government was today accused of proposing new laws which would condemn disabled children to a life time of means-tested benefits.
Given our human nature, practically all of us, once on means-tested help, will adapt our behaviour to maximise the benefit.
It said this would be worth pounds 8,000 a year, the equivalent of around one third of average earnings and would mean 2m people would no longer need to receive means-tested benefits.