When the Tories decided to cut local council budgets, it was inevitable that housing support services would suffer. When they entirely removed housing benefit from 18- to 21-year-olds, it was certain that young people would be forced on to the streets. When they opted to impose an arbitrary cap on the maximum amount a household can receive in welfare, it was housing benefit that was cut. Never mind that the money goes straight into landlords’ pockets and tenants are not responsible for sky-high rents. Never mind that families with young children were sure to be forced out of their homes as a result.