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County council budget

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Damian Fantato, Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

    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.

Comments


Andrew:Oxford 12:48pm Tue 28 Jan 14

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.

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mytaxes 3:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

If they care enough to protest they should care enough to give voluntary contributions. Problem is that many do not pay council tax.

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alu355 12:16am Wed 29 Jan 14

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.

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bella_pecas 10:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

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.

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bella_pecas 10:04am Wed 29 Jan 14

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.

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Andrew:Oxford 12:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

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.

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