Freeze on council tax for services from South Oxfordshire District Council

Released on February 19, 2016

South Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to freeze the amount of council tax people pay for services it provides in 2016/17.   

The 2016/17 rate was confirmed at the full council meeting on 18 February.  

The council tax freeze means that for 2016/17 people living in a band D property in South Oxfordshire will continue to pay just £111.24 for all the services provided by the district council.

The council meeting this week also saw members agree this year’s budget.  Among the highlights are: 

  • £1million grant funding available to support community projects across the district
  • £20,000 a year set aside to help prevent people from becoming homeless and £24,000 over the next two years to assist rough sleepers
  • £66,000 funding over the next two years for market town coordinators to continue to help boost the local economy
  • £75,000 a year extra for adaptations to help make homes more suitable for disabled residents
  • £120,000 to upgrade the public toilets in Greys Road Car Park, Henley
  • £300,000 over the next two years to plan for new homes in South Oxfordshire
  • £750,000 over the next two years for the Didcot Gateway development.

Cllr Jane Murphy, Cabinet Member for Finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “While many other councils are increasing their charges we have frozen council tax for 2016/17.  We are also continuing to provide support for our market towns and continuing to make significant investment towards the transformation of Didcot.

“We know we have more challenges to face from the changes that are taking place to government policy and the uncertainty of the future funding streams, however, the good news is that the years of careful planning and sound financial management have left us in a stronger position than many and we have been able to reduce our costs as our funding has fallen over the years and continues to do so.”