The average HB payment in the social sector is £76.65, while in the private rental sector it is £107.64.
So, if all the HB recipients were moved into social housing, the saving on the HB bill would be 384,980 x (£91.18 - £76.65) x 52 = £291m
This is clearly inconsequential compared to the size of the HB bill in total (£22.5bn) so simply having more social housing is not the solution to this problem.
Don Smith was right - and as I have also said before, getting people back into work and making sure the work pays enough for people to support themselves is key.
On that point, I would remind you that last year 208,000 fewer UK-born workers were in employment, while 212,000 more non-UK born workers were employed.
The availability of large numbers of immigrants who on average work longer for less than their UK-born counterparts is helping to suppress wage levels for the lowest-paid workers, as well as resulting in fewer UK-born workers being in employment.
That is what the employment statistics show.