To me, it seems the headline is worse than the measure. A bloke who may well be biased:
"A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "The vast majority of housing benefit recipients do not benefit from this scheme and so do not get extra cash back on top of the rent paid".
He added: "This small change will not affect our customers' ability to pay their rent and further support is available to those on a low income to help with other expenses," a spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said. "
From Labour MP Gisela Stuart:
"I just think it's A - a policy that won't save much, B - it's a policy that will hit people who are the poorest who we really shouldn't hit, and C - it's just very, very bad politics," she said.
i think that sums it up. It won't save much money, but is bad politics. Headline makers can write a headline 'Brown takes cash from poorest' or something like that to attack him.
To be honest, this seems to be typical of Brown. More trouble than the whole thing is worth, so I support them dropping it. It's not worth keeping or dropping on the amount of money, so I say drop the proposal, keep the money as is, and move on.