County hall says no council tax rise this year thanks to grant

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GOVERNMENT cash will help stave off a rise in Oxfordshire County Council’s portion of the Council Tax bill next year.

Councils calculating their budgets on a 2.5 per cent council tax rise can qualify for a government grant, meaning taxpayers do not see a rise.

Councillor Keith Mitchell, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It is important at a time when the government is trying to stimulate the economy that we keep as much finance as possible in the pockets of hard-pressed families up and down the country.

“Oxfordshire County Council provides 80 per cent of council services in Oxfordshire and accounts for a similar proportion of the Council Tax bill.”

Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police account for the remaining 20 per cent of the Council Tax bill in the Bicester area.

Mr Mitchell added: “We account for the vast bulk of council tax in Oxfordshire so residents can now be confident that they will experience little or no rise from April 2012 onwards.”