Why the means test was very unpopular

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  • Why the means test was very unpopular.
    • People hated having an inspector go through their belongings.
    • People didn't like making their relatives live some place else.
    • It was humiliating for families to have to reveal their earnings
    • If the officials thought that there was enough money in the house, they would stop the dole.
    • Some local authorities applied the means test very harshly
      • Others refused to carry it out.
    • The means test was a great strain on family life.
    • People thought the government cared more about saving money than helping the unemployed.

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