Housing Benefit is national welfare benefit scheme to help people on low incomes pay rent for the home they live in. Housing benefit is also sometimes known as rent rebate, rent allowance and Local Housing Allowance.
Council Tax Reduction helps those on a low income towards paying Council Tax. It is now a local reduction scheme decided by local councils and is not a benefit payment.
The Council administers both of these schemes. The amount of help you get depends on a number of different criteria. This is explained on the pages below.