means test

(redirected from means tests)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The distributional consequences of means tests change if the unit of measurement changes from an individual to a household.
David Cameron dismissed calls to means test for free TV licences, bus passes, prescriptions, eye tests and the winter fuel allowance, saying it would produce "only very, very small savings".
There are a host of things means tested. If unemployed and on income support, savings beyond pounds 3.000 (not even a month's salary for an MP) reduces benefit.
The first was to make Mr Brown's means tests redundant by boosting the state pension and linking it to earnings.
IT would be a blight on society if OAPs were means tested. They deserve a decent standard of living after working all their days.
People accepted into the Avonex Access Program meet the means test and are either underinsured (no drug benefits) or have no insurance.
There's no fussing with messy means tests. The bigger the crop, the bigger the loan.
Committee chairman Alan Beith said that while they agreed that defendants who could afford to pay their own legal costs should do so, the DCA's proposals for means tests were likely to prove counter-productive.
Most readers bitterly resent the means tests they have to take to get a few extra pounds from the Government.