There's still time to have a say

Published: Friday, 18th January 2019

There's still time to have a say on the City Council's budget for 2019/20.

The draft budget is out for public consultation meaning Oxford residents can have their say on the proposed priorities for the next year.

Cllr Ed Turner, Board Member for Finance and Asset Management, said: "With the City Council continuing to face financial constraints caused by central government policy, it's crucial that we plan this budget to maintain services for the residents of Oxford. And it's equally crucial that residents make clear their views on the proposals. 

"Government grant to the City Council reduces to zero next year but with this balanced budget we are confident we will be able to avoid significant cuts and continue to improve front-line services."

The consultation runs until 1 February. Visit the budget consultation page to have a say.

Included in the budget proposes are: 

  • a £200,000 increase in homelessness budget to £1.7 million a year
  • a review of how best to use the Government’s decision to lift the restriction on borrowing in the Housing Revenue Account
  • implementation of Premium Council Tax of 100 per cent additional tax for properties that have been empty for more than two years eventually rising to 200 per cent for properties empty for 5-10 years and 300 per cent for those empty for over 10 years
  • £73 million for Oxford City Housing Limited to buy properties in Barton Park for social rent and other purchases and new build over the next four years
  • an additional £600k to take forward the South Oxford Science Village project with partners
  • Capital expenditure amounting to £192 million over a four year period including:
    • £4.6 million towards community centre improvements 
    • £14.8 million investment in ODS including new zero emission fleet
    • £2.3 million to expand the Museum of Oxford 
    • £250,000 for new cycle infrastructure, to be part of matched funding with other public bodies
    • £24k for installation and operation of drinking fountains in three parks.
  • £5 million a year to support people in poverty including Council Tax support, hardship fund to assist Universal Credit claimants and concessions for Council leisure facilities, garden waste and pest control 
  • £4 million in Disabled Facility Grants
  • £34k to create an accessibility app to make it easier for people with a disability to use city venues more fully
  • £20k to promote the Oxford Living Wage towards to local businesses and other organisations, and guarantee it to the Council's workforce.
  • Park and Ride charges frozen
  • 0-2 hour off-street parking charges frozen.