No extra means testing of benefits planned in future

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Treasury Minister Eddie Teare said he had no plans to introduce means testing for any benefits that are not already means tested.

Speaking in the House of Keys this week, Mr Teare said it was not possible to list precise cut off points for claimants’ income and assets above which benefits would not be paid, because the levels varied according to circumstances.

Answering a question from Onchan MHK Peter Karran, Mr Teare said an ‘applicable amount’ required by an individual to live on was assessed according to their age, whether they had a partner, dependent children, housing costs, a disability, caring responsibilities, and so on. Benefits were then paid to meet the applicable amount, which was reviewed each tax year.

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