A Means Test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for help from the government.
The assessment applies to:
The owner, where they, any joint owner or a member of any of their family occupies the house as their main home
A private tenant who us eligible for grant under part 6 of the Act
A disabled occupant, or the parent/guardian of a disabled child
Persons assessed are:
The applicant's partner
Except where grant relates to adaptations for a disabled person, any joint owner or joint tenant with the applicant, and the spouse of any joint owner or joint tenant.
- The amount granted is based on a financial assessment- a 'means test'- of your average weekly income.
- Means testing will take into account savings above a certain limit.
- Not all income is taken into account e.g. attendance allowance, council tax benefit, disability living allowance, housing benefit, mobility allowance are all disregarded.
- A range of premiums and allowances is used for all essential outgoings e.g. rent, mortgage, personal expenditure etc.
- Actual outgoings are not taken into consideration.
Depending on the outcome of this assessment the amount of financial assistance offered can vary from 0 to 100 % of the cost