The phrase means test always conjures up lots of bureaucratic , intrusive forms in my mind but one would think that it would be easier with data kept on computers these days. But yes I am in favour of means testing all benefits.
Yes I think a tax cut would be nice but I don't think I should be the sole beneficiary - I am willing to share the windfall with all those in work.
Sorry to come to this so late:
I do see some merit in means testing some benefits.
I think a tax cut is pie in the sky. Did not the IFS estimate that if things stay as they are the standard rate of income tax will need to increase by 15p to cover social care costs.
I would go further and cut the state pension by 5% over the next ten years for all those pensioner households with an income 10% above median income.
On buses specifically. I recently caught a bus and of the thirty people on the bus only two were paying - one was a young mum with a baby and one teenager obviously travelling doing her weekly shop. She paid £13 to cover a return journey of 12 miles. Now on this bus were people who were simply travelling around the countryside for recreation and two pensioners with household incomes over well over £50k both living in large houses worth over £500k. One of whom rents houses out to people like the lady paying the fare, whom I strongly suspect does not have a household income anywhere near the median income for my area (£24k).
I should also make the point that the bus several area are gradually disappearing so whatever funding structure incorporating these free fares being used is not working. In my current small town we now actually have more bus stops then daily bus services.
Finally at a more macro level, I can see the social care costs issue being kicked into the long grass until finally it all falls apart and then an unfair adjustment will need to be made affecting a narrower group of people more deeply than is morally or economically sensible. The state pension changes were foreseeable and should have been phased in gradually - I know of two papers predicting what has happened which were given strict ignorings. The effect of this has been compounded. in my view, by then treating the current lucky crop of state pensioners generally relatively generous treatment.
This is turning into war and peace so I will hang up now but for a pre-emptive strike. I do not argument that this generation currently receiving state benefits are somehow more 'worthy' than future generations because they have worked hard/paid in etc. It is very hard to wee that someone in the working population now is going to see the same provision on their old age even if they had the same working record. Nor do I like the argument that the younger generations are somehow inferior to the previous which often seems to e trotted out. My children seem fine to me (I may be biased of course).
Gold star if you are still reading this and thanks for your time.