chapter  IV
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Income and Need

Benefits should be at a flat-rate subsistence level. If benefits were below the subsistence level needed by a man and his dependents they would need supplementation under a means test which Beveridge saw as a disincentive to individuals to make additional provision for themselves. Benefits above subsistence in his view

Beveridge followed a long tradition in regarding injury at work as different from other risks, and recommended an earnings related benefit, with some variations in the employer's contribution to take account of high risks. Nevertheless he included industrial compensation in his recommendation that there should be a unified administration with all benefits being covered by a single weekly contribution.