A COUNCIL house may no longer mean a home for life, under new rules.

Consultation has started on a policy that would force tenants to move to smaller properties if their circumstances change.

The Fixed Term and Flexible Tenancy policy is being introduced as part of the Governments Localism Act and shake-up of the welfare system.

Colchester Council have began shaping the finer details of the scheme and are urging tenants and landlords to help.