AS housing peope we ned to make clear that the caps on housing benefit/LHA rates apply to people in work just as much as those out of work. there is a tendency by Shapps et al to paint this policy as preventing the unemployed enjoying housing the employed can't afford. That isn't the case. To repeat - caps on LHA etc apply to those in work but being paid low wages. The only cap that applies to the unemployed is the total amount of social security payable.
If someone on low wages moves to Stoke to get an affordable rent, and gives up their work as a result, they will proably be found to be intentionally unemployed so they won't get any social security help. (Just as will happen to thopse whose Working Tax Credit is reduced and in theory would find themselves better off if they didn't work). And with wages due to be depressed even further in the Midlands and north by regional pay inthe public sector,so the north south divide grows and the area north of the Severn-Wash becomes effectively Britian's apartheid era Soweto to London's role as Johannesburg. A pool of cheap labout expected to find their way south to serve the wealthy rulers of this troubled land.