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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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Even so, more than two million older people in Britain are entitled to means-tested support of pounds 124 a week.
Income effects mean that people with incomes below A or higher than B* have less incentive to save when means-tested retirement benefits are available than when they are not, while the reverse is true for people in the range AB*.
To re-inject fiscal discipline, a means-tested lien could be placed on a person's estate for recovery of expenditures that exceeded his total contribution to Medicare.
Although few cities currently have direct responsibility for administering federal Medicaid or welfare programs, the major means-tested federal safety net programs.
The combined effect of means-tested transfers and federal taxes in 2015 was, on average, to increase income at the bottom of the income distribution and decrease income at the top of the distribution.
If you are on means-tested benefits or low income, however, you may not have to pay.
The only principle really is that there will always need to be a judicious mixture of universal and means-tested benefits.
"But almost simultaneously, the Government is introducing a new and separate means test for child benefit which will work in a completely different way, as well as making the seventh existing means-tested benefit - council tax benefit - much more complicated by asking every local authority in England to design its own scheme.
"This will materialise a few years down the track, when a large number of people discover that being auto-enrolled into Nest has merely resulted in a reduction in means-tested benefits they would have received if they had opted out.
Pensioners are not the only people who feel the cold, and a fairer system would be some type of means-tested Winter Fuel Payment for all low-income households, paid directly to the energy supplier.
Help the Aged is calling on the Government to tackle pensioner poverty by introducing a system of automatic payment of means-tested benefits to ensure full take-up.
"The value of the basic state pension, even with contributions from a reformed second state pension, will not ensure that all contributors gain an income above means-tested assistance."