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Summary

  • Central government has told Oxfordshire County Council to cut its budget by £61m over the next four years.
  • The council has found savings of £64m in its budget which will be discussed by its cabinet at 2pm today.
  • This includes a controversial £1.5m cut in homelessness services and cuts in support for charities, theatres and advice centres.

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12:48pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I hope the county council have staff out there to distribute voluntary donation forms to the protesters.

It would give clear feedback on the depth of feeling over the rebasing of fund distribution if the protesters were to offer to donate a considerable sum of money towards their own cause.
I hope the county council have staff out there to distribute voluntary donation forms to the protesters. It would give clear feedback on the depth of feeling over the rebasing of fund distribution if the protesters were to offer to donate a considerable sum of money towards their own cause. Andrew:Oxford
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3:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

mytaxes says...

If they care enough to protest they should care enough to give voluntary contributions. Problem is that many do not pay council tax.
If they care enough to protest they should care enough to give voluntary contributions. Problem is that many do not pay council tax. mytaxes
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12:16am Wed 29 Jan 14

alu355 says...

No one likes cuts but the best way to use your time and energy is to come up with alternatives rather than just protesting about them.
No one likes cuts but the best way to use your time and energy is to come up with alternatives rather than just protesting about them. alu355
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10:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

bella_pecas says...

If any of you had taken any real interest in the protest before slandering it's motives, you'll find that firstly, these people DO voluntarily give money to these services. In fact many of the people at the protest work for the homeless services in the city, and dedicate their lives to them. If that's not giving enough I don't know what is. Secondly, many of the homeless people if Oxford were alongside us.
Additionally, other people there, local residents or students, do give monthly donations to services, or fundraise for them. The point is, these few good people cannot support us when government bodies pull the rug from under us.
If any of you had taken any real interest in the protest before slandering it's motives, you'll find that firstly, these people DO voluntarily give money to these services. In fact many of the people at the protest work for the homeless services in the city, and dedicate their lives to them. If that's not giving enough I don't know what is. Secondly, many of the homeless people if Oxford were alongside us. Additionally, other people there, local residents or students, do give monthly donations to services, or fundraise for them. The point is, these few good people cannot support us when government bodies pull the rug from under us. bella_pecas
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10:04am Wed 29 Jan 14

bella_pecas says...

Statistics also show, that £1 spent on homeless services saves approx £3 for other budgets, for example health care and policing.

Maybe now you're a bit better informed.
Statistics also show, that £1 spent on homeless services saves approx £3 for other budgets, for example health care and policing. Maybe now you're a bit better informed. bella_pecas
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12:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

bella_pecas wrote:
Statistics also show, that £1 spent on homeless services saves approx £3 for other budgets, for example health care and policing.

Maybe now you're a bit better informed.
So if 40% tax payers give £1 to an Oxford Homeless charity...

That's equivalent to a £4.20 saving.

Better get those direct donations in.
[quote][p][bold]bella_pecas[/bold] wrote: Statistics also show, that £1 spent on homeless services saves approx £3 for other budgets, for example health care and policing. Maybe now you're a bit better informed.[/p][/quote]So if 40% tax payers give £1 to an Oxford Homeless charity... That's equivalent to a £4.20 saving. Better get those direct donations in. Andrew:Oxford
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