It's not the poor that benefit from Housing Benefits. They never get a sniff of the money. It goes straight to landlords with their artificially inflated rents that people working for the minimum wage couldn't hope to afford.
I live in a horrible part of Dundee (that used to be nice, until there was the possibility of it being knocked down to accommodate some sort on inner ring road). But even there greedy landlords providing the most dismal accommodation, in depressingly run down blocks, charge the maximum allowed, because they can, and it's easy money.
The whole system needs to be rebalanced so that the minimum wage of the country reflects the amount that would reasonably cover the cost of accommodation, fuel, food and transport.
All of these staples seem to increase at way above inflation's official rate. And wages reduce. With the expected boom in property prices, doubtless rents will increase and the vile UK government will take pleasure in throwing more of the poor, who cannot afford the rent, on to the streets or into seaside towns that no one visits anymore.Click to enlarge image.
This is typical of the attitude of British governments. Feed the rich and blame the poor for the expense. I completely fail to understand what it is that makes people proud to be British.