Income tax isn't the only tax revenue, the gov taxes everything they are able too, fresh air if they could, also included in those benefit payments were pensions what people had paid for in NI all their working lives
Its a very tricky subject as there are a lot of ways to view this,
We could take the view that many people pay tax and so are entitled to help if they become unemployed, or the fact that tax is sent as aid to other countries, spent on war, squandered on failed schemes, what about the bail out of the banks or the tax avoided of which 10% could pay the benefit bill, the millions claimed falsely by MPs.....
Sure we have lazy feckers but the demonisation of the benefit claimant is a diversionary tactic, its based around this concept of rewarding those who do work by reducing the amount of benefits people receive...very clever how the Gov have manipulated working people into agreeing.
I've been on benefits a few times in between jobs and its not an easy time I usually have to cut back on everything, sit in the cold during winter and go hungry I fail to see where this lavish lifestyle benefit claimers have is.