Jules you state: "And they demonstrated that by pointing out that between November 2008 and February 2010 LHA rates increased by 3 per cent whereas rents in the private sector as a whole fell by 5 per cent"
HB in payment rates for social landlords were £71.73 in November 2008 rising to £76.81 in February 2010 an increase of 7.08%
Whereas, LHA in-payment rates for private landlords were £100.35 in November 2008 rising to £109.05 in February 2010 - an increase sorry yes INCREASE of 8.67%
In short the actual official in-payment figures prove the rationale and the stated facts of IDS and Freud are completely bogus.
In doesnt matter how many areas had an increase or a decrease all that matters is the facts of the matter and the overall position and average position is that (a) PSL rents increased; (b) they increased by more than social housing in-payment figures; and (c) the overall bill increased markedly given the huge number of new PSL claimants in that time.
Nov 08 - 1.054m PSL clamaints to 1.413m by Feb 10 and increase of 359,000 and a 34% increase all at a premium of 42%.
In that time social housing claimant numbers increased by just 174,000 and just a 5.6% increase in numbers.
All the above come from the official SHBE tables as released in August 2011 and reveal that the original argument of IDS and Frued is fundamentally wrong