The Welfare State was set up to support people on a temporary basis when they fell on hard times.
Unfortunately, certain sections of society now view it as a way off life: the very idea of work is total anathema to them.
The housing problem is one brought about by the rise of the "buy to let" market. Developers are buying up properties, and then renting them out at extortionate properties. I've actually witnessed them going into estate agents, and asking for lists of "run down properties". They then buy these properties, as they are cheaper, do nothing to them, and rent them out. Many of the people they rent to are benefit recipients. Most of these landlords don't do anything to the property: the bloke who used to live next door to me sold his, and the person that bought it slapped some paint on, and rented it out to a drug dealer on benefit (30 youths with caps and hoodies in two hours at his front door, not entering, and shuffling off after a couple of minutes). I know for a fact that extensive work needs doing on the house. Yet the rent will be paid, landlord and tenant are happy.
I totally agree, the benefit system is all wrong. People should not be allowed to make benefits their way of life.
I feel that more support needs to be given to workers on low income, and stricter controls need to be enforced on benefit claimants, and the property renting industry. It shouldn't be the case that people are better off on benefit than someone who is working.
Don't let them grind you down. Remember that you have self respect, and can look your child in the eye, and say that you have not needed to rely on anyone else.