The average council rent last year was in effect a two-year increase as it was frozen the year before as central government gave money to thaat effect to loacl government.
The September 2011 inflation figure (CPI) was 5.2% and (RPI) was 5.6% an the formula used in ((RPI+0.5%) plus or minus £2))
Governmen policy holds two diametrically competing forces. The 'we are all in this together' one and the housing policy of increase rents to pay for more new build at the other scale. So what the overall increase in social housign will be is anyones guess!
In terms of increase last year the HB payments to council tenants increased from £67.86 to £70.99 - a 4.6% increase and for associations from £77.43 to £79.67 (2.89%) and all social tenants from £73.04 to £75.85 - a 3.84% increase using official HB figures from April 2010 to 2011
So while some council tenants may have had a 6 or 7% rise the average figur is considerably less