Meath County Council is to introduce a new system for allocating social housing.

The order of priority will still be determined by the length of time a person has been on the waiting list.

However, those who refuse the offer of a home under the new scheme will not be able to make a further housing application for one year.

The council will now also encourage older tenants to consider “rightsizing” to more manageable homes in order make the best use of the local authority’s housing stock.

The new online system was approved by councillors at Meath County Council’s monthly meeting yesterday and is expected to go live later this month