Oxford City Council Strategy 2020-2024 and Budget Consultation 2020-21

Our new Council Strategy 2020-2024 will come into force on the 1st April 2020, replacing the current Corporate Plan 2016-2020.   The purpose of the strategy is to set out, at a high level, our aims as a Council and what outcomes we want to have achieved by the end of 2024.  The strategy highlights the progress we want to make, and will be complemented by a new annual business plan which will set out in detail the planned actions each year to achieve our strategic aims. This will strengthen the prioritisation of key areas of work and support collaboration among officers and with external partners.  The first business plan, covering the period 2020-21, will be published in March 2020.

We value your views on whether these outcomes are ones you support and if not, why.

As part of the process of ensuring we can meet our strategic aims, we have proposed a balanced budget that supports our high level strategic aims, and sets out the kind of spending we need over the next four years in order to meet them .   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, at a time when Revenue Support Grant from government has been removed and significant uncertainties around future funding from Business Rates retention continue.

Over the next four years, we will make a further £6.1 million of efficiencies, in addition to increasing income, including from our wholly owned companies Oxford Direct Services Ltd, and Oxford City Housing Ltd.  Our aim is to bring in revenue from providing services to other organisations, reducing the need to make cuts in our vital frontline services.

The draft budget proposes a Council Tax rise of 1.99% for the next financial year from April 2020, an increase of £6.13 per year, or 12 pence per week, for the average band D household.

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


  • Opened
    20 Dec 2019 at 17:00
  • Closed
    31 Jan 2020 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
  • Community Groups
  • Council Staff
  • District Citizens' Panel
  • General Public
  • Resident Groups
  • Voluntary Sector
Methods Used
  • Online Consultations