The problem with universal benefits

In Uncategorized on 09/02/2014 at 4:39 am

When I read the u/m from BBC Online, I could help but think about the criticism of the S’pore govt’s policy of mean-testing welfare, healthcare etc.

Mail, columnist Tom Utley wonders at the “bonkers” thinking that awarded him a 60+ Oyster Freedom Pass to travel in London free-of-charge, saving him £15,000 to spend on booze and fags when he’s “financially better off at 60 than I’ve ever been before”.

There are issues with mean-testing and universal benefits. It all depend on one’s objectives. And it isn’t always true that means testing saves tax-payers money. Systems, processes and people are needed to means test. They too cost money. Note that even our travel concessions for the elderly are not means tested.

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