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Residents are being encouraged to take part in consultation for Oxford City Council's Draft Budget 2013-2014.

Oxford City Council is seeking feedback from the residents of Oxford and other stakeholders on the Draft Budget 2013-2014.

The Draft Budget has been informed by on-going consultation and engagement throughout the year by Council departments.

This budget consultation gives residents and stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft budget in general, as well as a short list of specific topics which represent particular decisions to be taken this year.

This feedback will be used to develop the Final Budget proposals, which will be agreed by the City Executive Board on 13 February 2013 and then Full Council on 18 February 2013.

Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council, says: "It is important that residents and stakeholders get involved in the budget and tell us what they think. The feedback will be used to help inform the Council on how we allocate money in the budget to services that really matter to the public.

"We have tried really hard to meet our priorities of safeguarding frontline services, especially for the most vulnerable, narrow inequality, and avoid redundancies, but would be very grateful for feedback. This is going to be a very difficult budget round because of hefty government cuts, with over 18% scheduled to be cut from our grant in the next two years."

The draft Budget Consultation will run until Wednesday 30 January 2013.

Members of the public can view the Draft Budget and give us their views by completing the draft budget survey on our Consultation pages.

A paper copy of the survey will be printed in the Oxford Mail on Tuesday 8 January 2013.

To request paper copies of the budget documents and survey please contact the consultation team on 01865 252057.

Released on Monday 24 December 2012

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