Monday, 21 August 2017

Councils pledge to negotiate

PROPOSED changes to the structure of local government in Oxfordshire have been put on hold as

PROPOSED changes to the structure of local government in Oxfordshire have been put on hold as the authorities look to work together.

The county’s four district councils and Oxford City Council wanted to scrap Oxfordshire County Council and have four unitary authorities instead, and were spending £105,000 on a study by a consultant to support their case.

The county council was spending about £150,000 on its own study just two years after paying £40,000 for a study on the feasibility of single unitary authority for the county.

But in a joint statement issued this week from the six council leaders they said they had agreed to work together to “discuss areas of common ground, assess potential options and establish whether we can agree a way forward building on the work we have both done to date.”

It continued: “Our aim has always been to seek investment in housing and transport infrastructure, to improve skills training and develop the local economy. This investment is needed if we are to reach our potential, and therefore agreeing a way forward with government is a high priority for all of us.”



At present, the county council is responsible for services such as adult and children’s social care, roads and schools while the districts look after areas such as rubbish collection, recycling and planning applications.



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