Oxfordshire councils to collaborate

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire’s district and city councils will work together on devolution and reorganisation.

Working together to ‘discuss areas of common ground’, the councils aim to formulate joint plans for reorganising local government in the area.

A statement from the councils said: “Following discussions with civil servants last week all the Oxfordshire councils have agreed to work together to discuss areas of common ground, assess potential options and establish whether we can agree a way forward building on the work we have both done to date.”

In May, Oxfordshire County Council appointed Grant Thornton to identify what new model of local government should be established in the county, while the district councils commissioned Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) to undertake a study into the same topic.

As part of their joint statement, the councils commented: “We have agreed to postpone publication of both the Grant Thornton and PwC studies, and pause plans for consultation until these plans have been jointly developed.”