The National Assembly offers an extra means-tested
supplement for nursing students with disabilities, including dyslexia.
Recipients of other means-tested
state benefits, all traditionally linked to the September RPI, can look forward to similar stingy improvements - unless Mr Alistair Darling, Social Security Secretary, can deliver a change in Government policy when he announces next April's up-ratings later this month.
But the TUC's regional secretary Kevin Rowan said that another means-tested
benefit was not the way forward and many pensioners would be put off by the form-filling and general indignity of applying for another credit.
The need to increase the value of means-tested
scholarships to encourage wider access to independent schools are among the issues that Graham Able, chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), aims to address during his year of office.
The low take-up rate is a blow to the Government but Susanna Mordaunt of Age Concern is not surprised: "Lots of people are put off by the sheer complexity of the system, many are not aware they are eligible and some would rather go without than rely on means-tested
And those with modest savings or private pensions who don't qualify for that will benefit next year by an average of pounds 8 a week from the new Pension Credit - which will also be means-tested
Already more than pounds 1billion in means-tested
benefits goes unclaimed because the system is so complicated.
Right now, income from your company or personal pension is means-tested
This would mean 70% of Welsh students will be eligible for some form of means-tested
grant support, in addition to a universal PS1,000, with around 35% eligible for the maximum grant.
grant to cover living costs The top rate of maintenance grant for a student living away from home outside London, should be equivalent to the National Living Wage - based on 37.
He dismissed calls for the Winter Fuel Payment, free bus passes, TV licences, prescriptions and eye tests to be means-tested
saying it would save only comparatively tiny sums.
It could be means-tested
, so those who can't afford it can get help.