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Travelling into Oxford
Travelling into Oxford's future
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Introduction to Oxfordshire County Council
Introduction to Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2007/08/30
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Adoption video by Oxfordshire County Council
Adoption video by Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2009/02/18
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council Secure Millions for Botley Road Improvement Project
Oxfordshire County Council Secure Millions for Botley Road Improvement Project
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: That's Oxfordshire
The Oxfordshire County Council Energy & Environment Award
The Oxfordshire County Council Energy & Environment Award
Published: 2013/07/01
Channel: OxBizAwards
The Oxfordshire County Council Energy and Environment Award
The Oxfordshire County Council Energy and Environment Award
Published: 2014/06/26
Channel: OxBizAwards
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Oxfordshire's Registration Service
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Public Information Video for Oxfordshire County Council
Public Information Video for Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2007/11/02
Channel: Studio Rossiter
Nissan Leaf Review - Oxfordshire County Council
Nissan Leaf Review - Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2011/10/04
Channel: Fleetdrive Electric
37.5 Reasons to Work for Oxfordshire County Council
37.5 Reasons to Work for Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Home for Good Video OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Home for Good Video OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Foster OxfordshireCC
Fostering with Oxfordshire County Council
Fostering with Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Foster OxfordshireCC
Oxfordshire County Council: Oxford Transport Strategy
Oxfordshire County Council: Oxford Transport Strategy
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: B4 Magazine
No Political Party Wins Overall Control of Oxfordshire County Council
No Political Party Wins Overall Control of Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: That's Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council Fostering & Adoption
Oxfordshire County Council Fostering & Adoption
Published: 2015/04/07
Channel: Oxfordshire CC
Introduction to Fostering with Oxfordshire County Council
Introduction to Fostering with Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Foster OxfordshireCC
Welcome to our Oxfordshire County Council easy read pages
Welcome to our Oxfordshire County Council easy read pages
Published: 2011/10/19
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Career Workshops and Coaching for Oxfordshire County Council
Career Workshops and Coaching for Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2012/05/10
Channel: CCS-Career-Counselling
Oxfordshire County Council failing to ensure clear view of 40mph signs
Oxfordshire County Council failing to ensure clear view of 40mph signs
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Alan I
Social Care Commitment - Oxfordshire County Council
Social Care Commitment - Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: GD PR & Media
Oxfordshire County Council Election Count
Oxfordshire County Council Election Count
Published: 2009/06/05
Channel: Peter Gardner
OxonBike Headington - Oxfordshire County Council
OxonBike Headington - Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: HourBike
37.5 Reasons to join Oxfordshire County Council
37.5 Reasons to join Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Obviously Oxford: Exclusive interview with the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council
Obviously Oxford: Exclusive interview with the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2014/09/03
Channel: PropertyFrontiers
Being a councillor
Being a councillor
Published: 2009/07/13
Channel: Southeastiep
Oxfordshire County Road Relay Championships 2016.
Oxfordshire County Road Relay Championships 2016.
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Shozza G
The Oxfordshire County Council & Locus Sustainability Award
The Oxfordshire County Council & Locus Sustainability Award
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: OxBusinessAwards
Citizenship ceremony, Oxfordshire
Citizenship ceremony, Oxfordshire
Published: 2007/06/01
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Jetpatcher Works 2013 - Oxfordshire County Council
Jetpatcher Works 2013 - Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: Sonny
Beware the Dragon: Oxfordshire County Council have a new weapon to fight potholes
Beware the Dragon: Oxfordshire County Council have a new weapon to fight potholes
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: That's Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council Easy Read Pages
Oxfordshire County Council Easy Read Pages
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
'A mean act' Pat Oxfordshire carer on Oxfordshire County Council savings
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: Get the Picture
Transport planning in Oxfordshire
Transport planning in Oxfordshire
Published: 2007/12/06
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council's Skills for Life case study
Published: 2009/02/04
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Fostering in Oxfordshire: Abby
Fostering in Oxfordshire: Abby's Story
Published: 2013/01/09
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Robert Courts MP launches Oxfordshire County Council and Veterans UK
Robert Courts MP launches Oxfordshire County Council and Veterans UK's leaflet for veterans
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Robert Courts
Peeling back time in Oxfordshire
Peeling back time in Oxfordshire
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Sam Coates retiring Green councillor speaking about Oxfordshire County Council
Sam Coates retiring Green councillor speaking about Oxfordshire County Council
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Oxfordshire Green Party
Engage your workforce to drive HR efficiencies with myHR ESS - The Oxfordshire County Council story
Engage your workforce to drive HR efficiencies with myHR ESS - The Oxfordshire County Council story
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: Cordis Solutions
Aaron Bliss for Green Oxfordshire County Councillor - an introduction
Aaron Bliss for Green Oxfordshire County Councillor - an introduction
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: tonguelessghostofsin
Cameron accused of hypocrisy over Oxfordshire council letter
Cameron accused of hypocrisy over Oxfordshire council letter
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: I Am Incorrigible
Thinking about Adopting in Oxfordshire?
Thinking about Adopting in Oxfordshire?
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
The Oxfordshire County Council Locus Sustainability Award.mp4
The Oxfordshire County Council Locus Sustainability Award.mp4
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: Maylarch Environmental Ltd
Proposals To Introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford City Centre
Proposals To Introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford City Centre
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: That's Oxfordshire
Larry Sanders launching Oxfordshire Green Party county council election campaign 2013
Larry Sanders launching Oxfordshire Green Party county council election campaign 2013
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: drdrnewman
Oxford County Council - Alcohol Awareness Short Film - MWS Media Video Production
Oxford County Council - Alcohol Awareness Short Film - MWS Media Video Production
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: MWS Media
Students from Oxford Occupy the County Council Building 30.11.2010
Students from Oxford Occupy the County Council Building 30.11.2010
Published: 2010/11/30
Channel: oxfordbunion
The Oxfordshire Comet
The Oxfordshire Comet
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
Takeover Day 2008 - Oxfordshire
Takeover Day 2008 - Oxfordshire
Published: 2009/03/13
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
OCC Social & Community Services webcast Nov 08
OCC Social & Community Services webcast Nov 08
Published: 2008/11/25
Channel: Oxfordshire County Council
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Oxfordshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Ian Hudspeth
Chairman
Zoe Patrick
Structure
Oxfordshire County Council composition 2017.svg
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14 / 63
13 / 63
4 / 63
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Elections
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
2021
Motto
Sapere aude (Dare to be wise)[1]
Meeting place
New County Hall, New Road, Oxford
Website
oxfordshire.gov.uk

Oxfordshire County Council, established in 1889, is the county council, or upper-tier local authority, for the non-metropolitan county of Oxfordshire, in the South East of England, an elected body responsible for the most strategic local government services in the county.

History[edit]

County Councils were first introduced in England and Wales with full powers from 22 September 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, taking over administrative functions until then carried out by the unelected Quarter Sessions.[2] The areas they covered were termed administrative counties and were not in all cases identical to the traditional shire counties, but in Oxfordshire the whole 'ceremonial county' came under the authority of the new council. The new system of local democracy was a significant development and reflected the increasing range of functions carried out by local government in late Victorian Britain.

The first elections to the new county council were held in January 1889. At the first meeting, several aldermen were elected.

Schools (both primary and secondary) were added to the County Council's responsibilities in 1902, and until the 1990s it was also responsible for operating Colleges of Further Education.

Oxfordshire County Council has seen a changing pattern of lower-tier authorities existing alongside it within its area, responsible for more local services, such as housing and waste collection. Until 1974, the county had a large number of urban district and rural district councils. In 1974, local government was reorganized in England and Wales generally, and Oxfordshire was enlarged to take in areas previously in Berkshire. Within its new area dozens of former urban and rural districts were amalgamated into one city council, that of Oxford, and four district councils: Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, the Vale of White Horse, and West Oxfordshire.

Functions[edit]

Oxfordshire County Council provides a wide range of services, including education (schools, libraries and youth services), social services, highway maintenance, waste disposal, emergency planning, consumer protection and town and country planning for matters to do with minerals, waste, highways and education.[3] This makes it one of the largest employers in Oxfordshire, with an annual budget of £899 million in 2013–14.[4]

Elections[edit]

Since 1889, members have been elected for a term of office, with elections held all together (initially every three years, later every four years) on the "first past the post" system. Until the 1970s, the elected members chose aldermen, whose term of office was for six years, and who once appointed were also voting members of the council. This form of membership was ended by the Local Government Act 1972, so that after 1974 only honorary (that is, non-voting) aldermen could be appointed.[5]

Composition[edit]

The council currently consists of sixty-three county councillors and no party has no overall control. The Conservative Party,has thirty-one members, with fourteen Labour, thirteen Liberal Democrats, four Independents and one Henley Residents Group member.[6]

Oxfordshire County Council election, 2017[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 31 3 3 0 49.2 41.3 80,438 +14.7
  Labour 14 2 3 −1 22.2 22.2 43,172 −7.3
  Liberal Democrat 13 2 0 +2 20.6 24.5 47,799 −2.9
  Independent 4 0 0 0 6.4 3.4 6,689 +3.4
  Henley Residents Group 1 1 0 +1 1.6 0.9 1,747 +1.1
  Green 0 0 2 −2 0 7.2 13,978 −1.8
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 1,056 −14.4

History of political control[edit]

Year Control
1973 Conservative
1977 Conservative
1981 Conservative
1985 No overall control
1989 No overall control
1993 No overall control
1997 No overall control
2001 No overall control
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 No overall control
2017 No overall control

Past Chairmen[edit]

Oxfordshire County Council Chairs, 1889 to 1974
Oxfordshire County Council Chairs, 1991 to 2005
  • John Sanders (2015–16)
  • Don Seale (2012–13) [8]
  • Lesley Legge (2006-7) [9]
  • Catherine Fulljames (2005-6)

List of notable members[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Camelot International, Britain's heritage and history". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Edwards, John, ed. (1955). "County". Chambers' Encyclopedia. London: George Newnes. pp. 189–191. 
  3. ^ "Council services". Oxfordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Statement of Accounts 2013/2014 (PDF). Oxfordshire County Council. 24 September 2014. p. 8. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Padfield, Colin Frank (1975). British constitution made simple. London: W. H. Allen. p. 291. 
  6. ^ "Election 2017 results". Oxfordshire County Council. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Election 2017 live results". Oxfordshire County Council. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  8. ^ 'Sixteen years as County Councillor after career in military' (BBC & Oxfordshire County Council); [1] [2], December 2015, accessed 16 October 2016
  9. ^ 'A mother of three who used to teach maths in south Oxfordshire becomes Chairman' (Oxford Mail); [3], 13 April 2006, accessed 17 October 2016
  10. ^ 'MACCLESFIELD, 7th Earl of', in Who Was Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 30 November 2011
  11. ^ 'BRADSHAW, Baron cr 1999 (Life Peer), of Wallingford in the county of Oxfordshire', in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 30 November 2011
  12. ^ 'BUTLER, Peter', in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 30 November 2011
  13. ^ 'BILLINGHAM, Baroness', in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 1 December 2011
  14. ^ 'CAMOYS, 6th Baron' in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 1 December 2011
  15. ^ 'DROWN, Julia Kate' in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 1 December 2011
  16. ^ 'HOWELL, John Michael' in Who's Who (London: A. & C. Black); online edition (subscription required) by Oxford University Press, accessed 1 December 2011

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