Rather than outsourcing services and building work to private companies, Oxford City Council has decided to 'insource' its work.
The Council now owns two companies:
- ODS, which carries out waste collection, street cleaning, property maintenance and other direct services
- OX Place, which designs and builds new homes for Oxford
The profits from these companies, rather than going into the pockets of wealthy private shareholders, goes to the Council to help fund front-line services for Oxford residents.
We call this the 'Oxford Model'.