But it’s perhaps one of the most popular policies recently:
More than 18,000 households have had benefits capped, including 300 claimants who were receiving more than £40,000 a year, the first official figures to be released since the introduction of tougher rules show.
Dozens of families were receiving benefit payments equivalent to a salary of almost £70,000 a year until the implementation of the Coalition’s welfare cap.
The most popular of course being the cap on housing benefits. Which, you will recall, started out with people thinking that, well, capping HB at 400 a month might be a bit harsh actually, can’t get much for that these days. Then the other shoe dropped and everyone realised it was 400 per week. What? You mean people can get more in bennies than I friggin’ earn?
People just hadn’t known how far the welfare state had gone in splashing the cash.