The HB system has been growing to unsupportable size for some time. As long as benefits are capable of supplying a better living than the low paid jobs it will stay that way. These cuts would no doubt hurt HA's, and they still aren't tackling the problem of benefits. Not only are people reliant on them, but now social landlords are becoming more so too. Unless the benefit and job systems are altered to make working more appealing this trend will continue, and with an election so close there is little change in that.