Means-testing hits the weakest
Published 19/05/2010 | 05:00
WHY is the Government going to such expense and administrative difficulty in possibly proposing to means-test all pensioners in an attempt to find the small minority who have paid their stamps, but who have other forms of income which make them wealthy?
The State has another mechanism for redistributing wealth from the rich to the needy, regardless of whether they are aged 25 or 75. It is called income tax.
If the Government is genuine about protecting the most vulnerable of pensioners, and ensuring that scarce resources are targeted at those most in need, the tax system is the correct mechanism to use rather than cutting the state pension. Why have they opted not to tax them, but to means-test every pensioner?