County Council consults on local government reform in Oxfordshire


Oxfordshire County Council have appointed Grant Thornton UK LLP to consider how local government could be reorganised to reduce costs and protect vital services.  As part of that process they are consulting with Oxfordshire residents, businesses and other groups for their views on how best to deliver public services.

Submissions need to be in by 5:30pm on Friday 8 July.

Grant Thornton are planning to complete their review in mid-July - more information about their terms of reference is available from the County Council website.

As part of the review process, Grant Thornton are inviting stakeholders including businesses, voluntary sector organisations and public service providers to submit evidence to consider. This offer is also being extended to the public, who can also provide their views on the potential reforms.

Your views can be submitted online by clicking here.

If you are unable to complete this survey online, written submissions of up to two pages of A4 may be made to Local Government Advisory, 5th Floor Grant Thornton House, Melton Street, Euston Square, London NW1 2EP. All submissions will be carefully considered but due to the volume of responses expected Grant Thornton say they may not be able to enter into correspondence with individual respondents.

The County Council are also planning some "Great Oxfordshire Shake Up events" from 9:30am to 12:30pm on the dates shown in the following locations.

Tues 28 June - The Orchard Centre, Station Rd, Didcot

Wed 29 June - The Market Place, Wantage

Thurs 30 June - The Market Place, Banbury

Sat 2 July - Sheep Street, Bicester

Tues 5 July - Upper High Street, Thame

Wed 6 July - Market square, Chipping Norton

Thurs 7 July - Gloucester Green, Oxford

For more information about the views of the County Council, please go to www.oneoxfordshire.org.  

The city and district councils are currently proposing replacing the current county council and five city and district councils with four unitary authorities instead.  They have commissioned their own external report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and plan to consult with residents, businesses and other interested parties over the summer.  For more information their website is www.oxfordshire.vision.

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