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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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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 anyway.
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.
"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.
Means-testing 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.