North Oxfordshire residents will voice their opinions on proposed changes to the allocation of social housing in the region later this month.

Cherwell District Council has put forward alterations to its allocations scheme, with a view to offering more support to domestic abuse survivors, armed forces personnel and those in temporary accommodation.

The council executive approved the draft policy for public consultation on July 8, and consultation dates are expected to be announced soon.

Councillor Chris Pruden, portfolio holder for housing, said: "With social housing in short supply, it’s all the more important that we keep our policies up to date and allocate accommodation to best meet residents’ needs when they are at their most vulnerable.

“When people apply to us for social housing, they are assigned a level of priority based on their unique circumstances.

"The updates we are looking to make would allow us to give more options to victims of domestic abuse.

"It would give more priority to armed forces personnel and to people who are already homeless.

“We are also raising the financial cap on people applying to the housing register to reflect the cost of living crisis, and improving how we prioritise people currently in overcrowded homes."

Adjustments to provide more clarity for people on government refugee resettlement schemes and revised criteria for future homes are also part of the proposals.