I am going to wade in here, as someone who has lived off benefits for a period of time, and someone that has worked in some fashion over 1/2 of his life.
OK, the benefit system from my experience is flawed, and massively so. When I lost my job, the job centre actually said my mrs and I would be better off quitting her job and claiming benefits.
Example 1: Mrs earns 14k a year (after pro rata), I earned close to £11k. We claimed child benefit (and nothing else), and this is spent solely on food/clothes/shoes for our daughter, and not for ourselves, it goes into a separate account so we can account for every penny of it. Total coming into the house at the period of time was £25k
Example 2: Mrs still earns 14K. I lose my job and claim JSA, council tax benefit and housing benefit. Total coming in £23k a year
Example 3: If mrs lost/leaves her job and also claims JSA, council tax benefit, and housing benefit etc, total coming in would be £26k a year.
Here is the issue, how is it more beneficial that when we DONT WORK we get more money (and wont be taxed on it). It is crazy. The system needs to change to allow a maximum for the following
£50 a week for housing benefit per household
£10 a week for council tax benefit per household
£20 a week for child benefit for 1st child per household
£10 a week for child benefit for 2nd child (and nothing beyond a 2nd child) per household
£70 a week for JSA/ESA per working age adult (age 18), usually 2 people.
Total incoming per month as a maximum £664 (rounded to nearest £1) for one person with 2 kids, or £997 for 2 people with 2 kids.
Now average expendature is roughly as follows.
Rent £500 a month
CTax £110 a month
Utilities £100 a month (gas, elec, water)
Food: £150 a month
Total: £860...and that is before TV/Telephone/Internet, car etc etc
It is exceedingly difficult to live off that amount and therefore would force people to look for work to make their income cover outgoings. Doing this would SAVE billions, and would force people to look for work and get off their backsides rather than sponging off the system. Also this prevents people living in houses that they cannot afford, forces the government to create more affordable housing, and would fix a large gaping hole in the benefit system.
Those that would complain would be those that would lose out massively from living off benefits.