High level policy on means testing

Closed 18 Aug 2017

Opened 2 Jun 2017

Feedback updated 6 Oct 2017

We asked

We asked for the views of the public, on a number of recommendations in order to finalise the principles under which a means testing system should operate.

You said

The consultation attracted 30 responses. The responses tended to focus on three distinct issues that did not perfectly align with the list of recommendations but were important nonetheless. They noted the desire for better information, definition of ‘means’ and the concept of social housing ought to be treated as a unique species of benefit.

We did

We have published a Summary of Responses to the Consultation document. Noting the feedback received, Government will further develop the principles on which the means testing system could develop. 

Results updated 23 Jan 2018

Responses to the consultation tend to focus upon three distinct issues, which do not perfectly align with the list of recommendations and which ought to be highlighted here.



The Cabinet Office are tasked within the Programme for Government to develop a high level policy for the means testing of government services. This requires some basic principles to be adopted in respect of how services are provided with regard to the means of the applicant. This document sets out the views of the Council of Ministers and is published for public comment.


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