County council budget: More charges at park and rides

BUDGET proposals by Oxfordshire County Council will introduce 24-hour charges at park and rides.

The plans will also see the county's share of the council tax bill rise by the maximum 1.99 per cent.

The council will also introduce a further £15m of savings in adult social care on top of what had already been planned. 

It will cut £0.8m from its children's centres budget but has insisted none of the 44 centres will close.

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10:20am Fri 4 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Will councillors be taking a reduction in payments and expenses along with these cuts ? After all we are all in this together, aren't we ?
Will councillors be taking a reduction in payments and expenses along with these cuts ? After all we are all in this together, aren't we ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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11:05am Fri 4 Jan 13

Nick Mawer says...

They have just agreed to a cut in numbers of councillors, so the answer is yes there are 15% fewer councillors.
They have just agreed to a cut in numbers of councillors, so the answer is yes there are 15% fewer councillors. Nick Mawer
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11:20am Fri 4 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Nick Mawer wrote:
They have just agreed to a cut in numbers of councillors, so the answer is yes there are 15% fewer councillors.
We all know that fewer councillors does not necessarily equate to less costs. They will come up with a way to 'share' the 15% between them I expect.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Mawer[/bold] wrote: They have just agreed to a cut in numbers of councillors, so the answer is yes there are 15% fewer councillors.[/p][/quote]We all know that fewer councillors does not necessarily equate to less costs. They will come up with a way to 'share' the 15% between them I expect. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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11:21am Fri 4 Jan 13

EMBOX2 says...

It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds.

Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band).

Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions.
It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds. Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band). Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions. EMBOX2
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11:39am Fri 4 Jan 13

oafie says...

And did they also agree to reintroduce the annual increments in staff salaries?
And did they also agree to reintroduce the annual increments in staff salaries? oafie
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11:39am Fri 4 Jan 13

Quentin Walker says...

How about we all have our salaries sent direct to local government and they pass on to us what they don't want?
How about we all have our salaries sent direct to local government and they pass on to us what they don't want? Quentin Walker
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2:08pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Christine Hovis says...

Sensible.

I guess that they'll be retracting all their narky comments about the city council charging for parking now that they need to do the same.

The Government in Westminster is stuffing both our councils. We need to get used to having to pay for things that we used to get for 'free'.
Sensible. I guess that they'll be retracting all their narky comments about the city council charging for parking now that they need to do the same. The Government in Westminster is stuffing both our councils. We need to get used to having to pay for things that we used to get for 'free'. Christine Hovis
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3:00pm Fri 4 Jan 13

oafie says...

It's not about paying for what used to be free, people have always had to pay taxes and or rates for services.

What is not being scrutinised here is exactly what public monies are being spent, on whom and where....the detail not just overall figures.

Breakdown of these figures is available for what is spent, and makes horrifying reading, the council need to start serious 'housekeeping' and budgeting' with public money and communicate much more to the community on this.

They recently sent over £5000 clearing litter along one Lay By on the A40, yet did not repair their fence, which has resulted now in further accumulation of rubbish/litter/bottl
es of urine and much more....... which they will have to re clear again....why not fix their fence? This may seem an insignificant amount of money, but it is also just one small area they spend public money on.............how much more could they actually save if they were a little more prudent and wiser?
It's not about paying for what used to be free, people have always had to pay taxes and or rates for services. What is not being scrutinised here is exactly what public monies are being spent, on whom and where....the detail not just overall figures. Breakdown of these figures is available for what is spent, and makes horrifying reading, the council need to start serious 'housekeeping' and budgeting' with public money and communicate much more to the community on this. They recently sent over £5000 clearing litter along one Lay By on the A40, yet did not repair their fence, which has resulted now in further accumulation of rubbish/litter/bottl es of urine and much more....... which they will have to re clear again....why not fix their fence? This may seem an insignificant amount of money, but it is also just one small area they spend public money on.............how much more could they actually save if they were a little more prudent and wiser? oafie
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4:36pm Fri 4 Jan 13

EricTheRed says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds.

Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band).

Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions.
And the Parish councils too.. waste of money
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds. Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band). Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions.[/p][/quote]And the Parish councils too.. waste of money EricTheRed
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10:55am Sat 5 Jan 13

xjohnx says...

EricTheRed wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds.

Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band).

Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions.
And the Parish councils too.. waste of money
England and the English are largely what they are because of our diverse government (including incomers and new citizens)

Centralising everything will destroy our say in what happens to us and our children for the future.

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater, its stupid and ignorant!
[quote][p][bold]EricTheRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: It really is time to axe the district councils now and save tens of millions of pounds. Council tax is fast becoming the tax people just cannot afford to pay, and it so unfair (that someone in a pokey 1 bed flat pays the same as someone in a house, in the same band). Anything that can be done to reduce the council tax bills should be expedited. That probably means reduce the THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of your bill that just goes to pay local govt pensions.[/p][/quote]And the Parish councils too.. waste of money[/p][/quote]England and the English are largely what they are because of our diverse government (including incomers and new citizens) Centralising everything will destroy our say in what happens to us and our children for the future. Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater, its stupid and ignorant! xjohnx
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