Thousands of people on housing waiting lists in Wiltshire are being told to reapply under new rules about who is eligible for a home, according to the BBC.

Up to 23,000 people waiting for social housing in the county have until 8 February to re-register.

Wiltshire Council said the changes to its banding categories will prioritise those most in need as there are many registered with no housing requirement.

But Chippenham-based Doorway said people may not be aware of the changes and it could leave some vulnerable people in the county without a home. Spokeswoman Lisa Lewis urged people to reapply and said: “If you don’t, you’re going to drop off the list.

“I appreciate the council have got to lose a certain number of people on the list – it’s the way they are doing it we have concerns about.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said there are thousands of people on the housing register with “no housing needs” and the new policy “aims to manage client expectations better by not registering those who are unlikely to be rehoused”.

The problem is that many people will not realise they have to re-apply, will be removed from the list – and won’t even know about it.

People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable .

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