If anyone is in any doubt then look no further than the BBC news website where I saw this today.
This shows a year on year increase in every area apart from the North East of England. It is also ominous to note that this organisation have not seen rent rise in January in the past, which implies that if anything rent rises are gaining pace. Should this be the case then combined with the welfare reform (i.e. benefit cuts) agenda, the housing options of the most vulnerable are being further eroded.