2 February 2012
Eidtor, Forum Page
A panel of Member of Parliaments have the Government
to refine its means testing to make them more equitable and
This testing is now used for large scale transfer schemes, such
as GST Voucher and Central Provide Fund top-ups. Currently,
they are based on assessable income and annual value of
There has been many complaints from retirees who have
insufficient income but now live in property with annual values that
exceed the thresholds.
As means testing is going to be used quite often, the Government
should take the additional step of keeping a record of people
who fall within the test. The people who qualify could fall within
the currently used criteria.
Those who fall outside the criteria and do not have adequate income
can apply to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If approved, their
record can be updated to allow them to be entitled to the financial
At a later date, applicants can apply for a "means tested card" that can
be used to access other benefits, such as health care or transport.
Tan Kin Lian