Budget Consultation 2021-22

Every year, we spend around £100 million providing public services that you, your family and friends use every day.

Over the last 4 years, the Council has made efficiencies of around £10 million to maintain spending on key council services, dealing with increasing demands and rising costs. On the 23rd March the Prime Minister announced a lockdown in the UK to combat the threat of infection from COVID 19. The following period had seen great disruption to the country’s health, economy and social interaction, and has also seen a major impact on the finances of Oxford City Council. The overall adverse impact on the city Council’s General Fund mainly arising from losses on key income streams, in this year alone, is estimated at around £12 million with a further £17 million over the proceeding four years. To date the Government is expected to award the Council around £8.5 million in financial support, far short of the amount of losses arising from COVID 19.

To bridge the financial gap over the period of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025, the Council will make a further £9.5 million of efficiencies and increased income from fees and charges leading to ongoing increases of £2.77 million annually with effect from 2024-25. It will also use £11.8 million from reserves and balances.

The draft budget proposes a Council Tax rise of 1.99% for the next financial year from April 2021, an increase of £6.25 per year, or 12 pence per week, for the average band D household.

We would like to hear your views on our draft budget and get a deeper understanding of your priorities, needs and aspirations in relation to our services and your community.


  • Opened
    10 Dec 2020 at 12:00
  • Closes
    31 Jan 2021 at 23:59



Area Covered
  • Barton And Sandhills
  • Blackbird Leys
  • Carfax
  • Churchill
  • Cowley
  • Cowley Marsh
  • Headington
  • Headington Hill And Northway
  • Hinksey Park
  • Holywell
  • Iffley Fields
  • Jericho And Osney
  • Littlemore
  • Lye Valley
  • Marston
  • North
  • Northfield Brook
  • Quarry And Risinghurst
  • Rose Hill And Iffley
  • St Clement's
  • St Margaret's
  • St Mary's
  • Summertown
  • Wolvercote
Who we are consulting
  • City Councillors
  • Council Staff
  • District Citizens' Panel
  • General Public
Methods Used
  • Online Consultations