I am a private tenant, so this may not apply to council or housing association tennants but .. Private tenants have their housing benefit worked out on only 70% of what they think is a fair amount of your rent, as I have been on housing benefit for almost 9 years, the local housing allowance does not apply.
Following my ESA descision, because I was previously on Incapacity Benefit, my ESA payment is the same as my Incapacity benefit was. So you would think housing and council tax benefit would remain the same WRONG, I called Hosing Benefit today as the amounts had changed significantly, I was told that Government had told them to work out the amounts differently so now I find I'm over£30 light on my housing benefit and have to pay an additional amount on my Council tax benefit too. I already struggle a lot to get money to feed myself after all bills are paid, maybe the government want us to starve and then we will disappear off any lists all together