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means test

a test involving the checking of a person's income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a government
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Means-testing punishes the hard working and those not willing to fiddle the system.
It's about time the Government realised that means-testing and pensioners don't mix.
While I agree with what Age Concern are saying, when I was campaigning for pensioners in Cleveland I took the view that while I was against means-testing as such, I felt that if it was the only way pensioners were going to get more money that I had to do what I could.
But, thanks to Birmingham pensioner Caroline Thompson, means-testing was abolished and the minimum pension raised to ten shillings a week.
Williams, Distrust: The Rhetoric and Reality of Means-Testing, 7 AM.
Organisations representing the elderly all agree it is the fault of means-testing.
More than 30 years ago, this magazine began to advocate means-testing for Social Security.
Shadow pensions secretary David Willetts said the Conservatives would increase the basic state pension in line with earnings rather than prices, as is currently the case, during their first term to reduce the number of people who fell into the means-testing net.
But campaigners argue that many of those who need help will miss out because they are unwilling to undergo means-testing or find the credit too complicated to claim.
The provision that will have the biggest impact on individual consumers is the means-testing that will determine whether an individual is eligible to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, which grants an immediate discharge of most debts.
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.
It is calling on the Government to avoid the problem by simplifying the basic state pension, so that it pays everyone around pounds 140 a week, to remove the need for means-testing.