There is a problem here with the maths. The scale is enormous.
56,000 households by the overall benefit cap
500,000 disabled people will lose out when DLA becomes PIP
660,000 households will be hit by the bedroom tax
1.36 million households by Local Housing Allowance cuts
2.4 million households by the Council Tax Benefit cut
9.6 million households by 2015/16 by benefits up-rating
Last year 1.7 million grants and crisis loans were made to people on the brink of destitution or rebuilding their lives following homelessness - these are to be abolished, cut and localised. Even Legal Aid for housing and benefit disputes is to be stopped, so people who believe they have been treated unfairly will have no power to challenge.
Homelessness is already rising as the economic downturn and previous cuts take their toll. Over the past two years rough sleeping has risen by 31 per cent, and the number of households accepted as homeless by local authorities has gone up by 26 per cent. Unemployment and underemployment remain stubbornly high.
How much is the government saving by doing this?
Oh, let us not forget that at the end of this week those making more than £150,000 a year will have their income tax cut!