@Nara 'Plenty of people are being priced out of area's, those in receipt of benefits shouldn't be immune to these factors, same as everyone else'
Are you sure about that?
People in receipt of benefits have an income so low as to qualify for those benefits. So only people who's income is deemed sufficient to meet housing and living costs are not entitled to benefit.
On that basis then people may have chosen to live in an area for cost reasons but it would be unsafe to claim that they were priced out of the area. If they truly were too poor to live there, then they would have been entitled to claim benefit.
The knock on effect of this social cleansing will be to escalate housing costs across the rest of the country, spreading unaffordability wider and wider, yet saving no real taxpayer spending.
Building homes for social rents, capping private rents, and making tax and benefits truly universal would resolve the problem, yet no party wishes to do so. The government and the opposition are quite happy to manipulate things to the benefit of the landlords and to open more and more public service areas to private profiteering. These issues are being obscured by the false arguments placing the blame on those claiming benefits.