This is not correct, the issue of deficit reduction is completely separate from HB payments. Yes it will save money, but I believe this government would have made these changes regardless of the state of the economy.
HB cuts are not a bad thing, it moves the benefits system away from being an alternative lifestyle choice to being what it should be, a safety net for those who need it.
Far too many people get too much in benefits and have no incentive to work, and this must end.
£1,600 per month is a lot of money, even in London, for a a bed house.
It might sound heartless, but if you are on benefits you can't expect to reside in the nicest parts of town, that socialist ideal is wrong in every sense of the term.
Look at it from another angle, you go to work, you earn £35k a year, and you work hard for it, you're wife doesn't work as she is taking care of your 4 children. It means you can afford a modest property, with a mortgage, of about £150k which is perhaps 3 bed rooms. Then you see a family of 6, mum and dad on benefits, but because they have 6 children then need a 5 bed house, at least. That 5 bed house costs £450k, and the monthly rent is £2k. Mum and dad are only on benefits because, the amount they receive could never be matched by their earning capacity.
How is that a fair use of public funds. Mum and dad can work, but choose not to because their earning capaity is such that benefits are a better solution to their income needs.
What the HB changes are intended to do is to say to that mum and dad, we'll give you £1,600 a month (still a tidy sum), but you need to find the extra £400.
When you factor in the changes to job seekers that require people to find a job, and to IB which require people to actually be incapacititated, that family has two choices, homelessness or finding work.
The lefties amongst you almost always go for the inevtiable being that that family will become homeless. When in reality, all dad has to do is go and get a modest job, a couple of days a week, and he can earn £400 a month easily. If we worked a decent 9-5 5 days a week, he'd be pulling in sufficient money to not need benefits. He'd still get HB as he'd probably still be in housing need, but he could afford to pay more of it.
Now that's a fair society. Why should I work all hours, so that my neighbour can sit around watching sky sports all days on the free TV, in their free house earning free money.