No imminent decision on Oxfordshire unitary council proposal

Released on July 30, 2018

The government will not be making a decision on the proposals for a single unitary council for Oxfordshire for the foreseeable future.

The Minister for Local Government has written to the Leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils explaining that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is not currently planning to announce a decision.
 
In his letter, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP explained that the government will be pausing its consideration for a unitary council while other changes to local government in Oxfordshire take place. Oxfordshire County Council is currently entering into a new partnership with Cherwell District Council after Cherwell’s agreements with South Northamptonshire District Council came to an end as part of the restructuring of local government in Northamptonshire.
 
Cllr Jane Murphy, Leader at South Oxfordshire, said: “While we await a decision, we’re doing everything we can to work more closely across Oxfordshire and the minister acknowledged the positive work we’re doing with our partner councils to secure the very best infrastructure to support the housing growth happening in the county.”
 
Cllr Roger Cox, Leader at the Vale, said: “We’re looking forward to further conversations about the structure of local government in Oxfordshire once the current range of initiatives across the county have become embedded.”
 
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