Mickey on May 25, 2020 at 9:13 am Idea: Calculate how much state benefit goes to wealthy landlords via Housing BenefitLink: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-3429... Yeah, its a scam that channels more of the welfare budget to the rich – and at the same time demonising those who can’t find work. ” At over £25 billion it is one of the biggest and fastest-growing parts of the welfare bill. That is a huge sum of money: more than we spend on the police, roads and buying military equipment combined. “ What's housing benefit for? Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, explains the importance of housing benefit and why the annual bill is so high.