SOUTHERN Oxfordshire residents are being urged to respond to a 'Household Enquiry' letter to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote can be put on the electoral register.

Households are being warned that if they don't respond by October 7 they will be visited by a council officer and could eventually face a £1,000 fine.

Last month, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent a letter to all homes across the two districts requiring people to confirm who currently lives in their property.

The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in future elections, including May 2019's district, town and parish elections.

The councils are now sending out reminder letters to around 34,000 homes that they are yet to hear from. People are asked to visit to provide their details. You will need the codes on the letter.

Residents who do not have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form or phoning the council.

Electoral Registration Officer Margaret Reed said: “The easiest way to confirm your details is online, it really is very quick and easy.

"By law you must do this, even if all the information is correct.”