Gavin - is everything that is against your predetermined views by nature political sophistry?
1.6m tenants get LHA - one third of all HB claims in payment are from the PRS.
There are slightly more HA claimants at 1.8m but less council tenants at 1.4m than there are private tenants in receipt of HB.
Birmingham City Council - Tory run - issued a news release a month or so back saying boldly that private sector landlords HAD reduced rents. Indeed 574 or so had done this. Looks impressive?
As I commented then - http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/tenancies/shapps-defends-claim-that-private-rents-are-falling/6520929.article - 574 out of the 35,000 PRS claimants in Birmingham is about 1.6% and so 98.4% had NOT reduced rents.
Gavin - its not sloppy reporting at all - its your (convenient?) ignorance of the matter at hand that is the problem. Isnt someone marking a paper assumed to know about the subject they are marking?