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The problem is Baz; that means testing adds to the complexity of an already overly complex system and generally means those entitled don't even bother with the complicated form filling. Nu Lab were doling money out willy nilly and adding new benefits to the system, which have gradually led to a beauracratic mess. The ConDems have said they want to simplify the system - fine; but the way to do that is to target universal benefits on the basis of a simple qualification EG: FUEL ALLOWANCE = BY AGE ie OVER 65 OR 70; CHILD ALLOWANCE = by production of marriage certificate (thus encouraging a social norm and detering career pregnancies). IF benefits go to the rich, this should be compensated for, by a progressive tax system - thus taking the benefit back in tax. Also, while they're at it; they could also introduce a "proof of citizenship" qualification for ALL benefits - which may counter the global notion that the UK is the world's honey pot. :wink:

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Ah, means testing I spend very little on myself and have saved. I don't smoke; drink or gamble; and can't find any loose women.

 

Why should thrift be penalised by means testing after paying taxes all through my working life. (and deep into retirement)

 

If I can find a way round the system. I will use it. Those people who ferret money away in foreign banks are protecting their assets - human nature at work. Provided it is legal, O.K. by me.

 

Happy days

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Maybe it will create a society where the parents give money to their children at an early age instead of waiting till after they die (I would have been in favour of that and I'm sure my kids would!!)

 

Unfortunately thrift isn't something that reduces labours bombshells so if you've got it, spend it cos you can't take it with you

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Just for the sake of accuracy: Labour (Brown) lightened regulation on the Banks, making their casino antics even easier to get on with. Labour ran a live now pay later Fiscal policy, which was copied by almost everyone in the Country - resulting in record debts all round. :roll:

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