But no pensioner needs to be frightened of means-testing
forms if they use people from the Pension Service like I did for many local pensioners.
Or link the basic state pension with earnings rather than prices so there would be no need for means-testing
But NAPF chairman Lindsay Tomlinson said: "Unless it tackles the means-testing
trap, the Government faces a major mis-selling scandal.
In the longer run, means-testing
poisons our souls.
They don't look at the adverse side of means-testing
. Apart from demeaning patients, it would force some to prioritise their drugs and only buy the ones they felt they couldn't do without.
But it will only do so if it improves the quality of the service, ends the unfairness of means-testing
and shares the cost of care among the population as a whole.
General secretary Joe Harris said: "Means-testing
and pensioners simply don't mix.
"This first reform must be to ensure that everyone receives a minimum pension lifting them off means-testing
. But under the Government's proposals this aim will never be met.
"We need to do away with means-testing
. The Government promised they would ten years ago but nothing has changed.
is not politically easy, but it is politically feasible.
Without fairer means-testing
and a cap on spending, families will still face losing all their savings if the level of care they require does not qualify for NHS or council help.
A PENSIONS group yesterday called on the Government to reform the state pension to lift two million people out of means-testing