THOSE at risk of homelessness should seek support as soon as possible, a local council has advised.

Cherwell District Council is reminding residents that help is available for those worried that they will lose their home.

Its housing team offers a range of support, such as help applying to the housing register, assistance with rent arrears and advice for those facing eviction.

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Councillor Lucinda Wing, lead member for housing, said: “The ban on evictions may have ended but our ambition to make homelessness history in north Oxfordshire is not going away.

“The prospect of losing one’s home is devastating, but help is at hand. Regardless of your background or circumstances, our housing experts have a comprehensive range of support to offer and this is best delivered sooner rather than later.”

For people worried that they will lose their home due to rent arrears, the council can work with landlords to put repayment plans in place, and for anyone eligible, discuss discretionary housing payments to prevent eviction.

There are also incentives for private landlords to work with the council to place those at risk of homelessness into accommodation.

Anyone worried that they may become homeless is invited to contact the council on 01295 753751 or