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Fairer Means Testing

Comment 9th July 2010

Means testing is basically a test of earnings against living costs.  Where the claimant is not the actual earner – eg a 16 year old claiming EMA or university funding it should be down to testing the actual disposable income of the parents.

Why does this matter?

My son is penalized because although I earn an above average wage, I am also paying off debts from mistakes I made when I was younger.  my disposable income is nil, my credit rating is poor.

He couldn't get EMA, and now its looking like he can't goto to university as I cant find the money to help him.  I'm sure hes not the only person effected in this way.

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