Simplicity versus fairness in means testing: The case of civil legal aid

Alexy Buck, Graham Stark

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    For most state financial benefits, the making of any payment, or its level, depends upon a means test to assess the applicant's income or wealth. Attempts to make such tests fair often lead to procedures that are complicated to administer and confusing for the applicant. This paper describes the analysis underlying a review of means testing for civil legal aid in England and Wales, to achieve considerable simplification without sacrificing fairness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)427-449
    Number of pages23
    JournalFiscal Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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