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Oxfordshire Unitary Government Study published

Chadlington Parish Council has been asked by West Oxfordshire District Council to publicise the following information:


Below is a joint statement issued by all the Oxfordshire District Council Leaders and the Oxford City Council Leader

  • Matthew Barber, Leader at Vale of White Horse
  • John Cotton, Leader at South Oxfordshire District Council
  • James Mills, Leader at West Oxfordshire District Council
  • Bob Price, Leader at Oxford City Council
  • Barry Wood, Leader at Cherwell District Council


“As Leaders of Oxfordshire’s district and city councils we are pleased to jointly release our proposition for public service reform and the future of local government in Oxfordshire.

“The two studies – carried out by the district and the county council respectively –  show that there are different alternatives for how local government is organised and there are different views on these options. The work by the district councils favours three unitary councils working together through a combined authority. The study by the County Council concludes that a single county unitary would be the best option. Following discussions with civil servants, it is clear that the new government’s priorities in this area have changed and they are looking to councils to develop consensus about governance arrangements to support a devolution deal. There are also many commonalities in the findings of the two studies and it is important that all councils now take some time to fully consider all of the evidence and how this might fit with the government’s priorities as they emerge over the autumn.

“Our aim has always been to seek investment in housing and transport infrastructure; to improve skills training and develop the local economy. We are committed to working together with Oxfordshire County Council in the best interests of our residents and over the coming months we will be working jointly to agree a way forward with government.”



A review has also been carried out by Oxfordshire County Council and details are on their web page, see Future Options for local government in Oxfordshire(opens in a new window).

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