my issue with the situation, is that the government continually tells the country that "benefits" are £12bn and that if they cut them, people will go and find jobs.
Reality is more complicated. of the £12bn, £7bn goes on pension. of the remainder, less than 10% goes on people who are unemployed for more than 6 months ("long term" according to the DWP definition). You will get no argument from me that the sherkers shoudl be tackeld.
However, the remainder of the "benefits" bill is rental support for working people. That accommodation support was supposedly given in liue of their being things like council housing. So, private landlords bought up all the accommodation, house prices then shot up and rents followed. Then the "benefits" bill is seen as being too high, so gets cut. Which means working people have been priced out of the places they are living in, and are unlikely to find anything meanignfully chepaer within commuting distance to their job - so may well have to quit, take their kids out of school, relocate, and go seeking work (best of luck with that because the area of cheaper housing have cheaper housing because there are no effing jobs around there).
I often use my sister as an example of this type of thing. As it happens, she has a mortgage and should be ok. But her husband works for a car manufacturer and does shift work and overtime. She works full time and the odd weekend as an office worker. They have two kids. Over the last few years, rents have gone up so much around here, that they wouldn't be able to survive as a family in anything bigger than a 2 bed flat. And you have to go a hell of a way to find anything cheaper (which would effectively remove commuting as sensible becuase that'd just cost too much).
I face something similar myself. My wife and I are both middle-management in education. We have a two-year old and a 2 bed bungalow. Between us we have a decent income supplemented by examiner work and other similar things. My wife has just got a job in Surrey. Despite the fact that we already have a mortgage, the abilty to make a deposit, a place that's be easy enough to sell, and a not unimpressive income - we can't get anywhere near the asking price of a bog-standard-3-bed-semi.
The government tells us this benefit cap is to cut spending. It isn't, it will increase spending as more people are forced out of their homes and jobs onto long-term unemployment. This law is acutlly there to make us all think that the workers are paying for the lazy en-masse. We're not, we're paying for other workers who's 2 household incomes don't pay the rent becuase house prices and salaries are so far out of whack in the UK. The only way to solve that is to make work pay more (not benefts pay less). But no way will the Tory pay-masters in the city let that happen.