Nearly 1,400 Brits rake in £30,000 a year in housing benefithttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2182477/Nearly-1-400-Brits-rake-30-000-year-housing-benefit.html
Tory MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, dug up the shocking figures after asking a question in Parliament.
I'm pretty sure that is been known for a while that although amounts claimed are large, the number of people who actually claimed it were extremely small.
'Taxpayers will be appalled to know cash has been used to pay for housing benefit above and beyond what the average person earns,' Ms Patel told The Sun.
So The Mail is just regurgitating a shorter article in the Sun.
Housing benefit claimants hit five million in the last year - up from 4.8 million a year earlier.
1,400 out of 5,000,000 - I make that 0.028% of all claimants, yet the Tories bang on about it as if everyone claims it and uses it as a shield against criticism of the other welfare changes.
Here's a link to the question actually asked (nealry a month ago)http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2012-07-05a.114669.h&s=speaker%3A24778#g114669.q0
Whilst the number of housing benefit claimants rose over the year, the number claiming the high amounts actually dropped by 700, and this is before the cap is being intro duced.
Another thing that grinds my gears about housing benefit is that nobody asks a landlord to justify the high rents they charge to the taxpayer, EVER.