Our vision | Oxfordshire County Council

Our vision

Supporting thriving communities in Oxfordshire

In Oxfordshire we have a vibrant voluntary, community and faith sector, with over 4,500 community and voluntary groups and an above average number of regular volunteers. Our overall ambition for thriving people and communities is to create an environment where it is easier for communities to do things for themselves about issues that matter locally

Our principles

We will:

  • devolve decision making as close as possible to local communities and individuals, enabling them to choose projects and services that are important to them. We will support this community involvement.
  • help to enable even closer collaboration between the local authority, public sector partners, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector. This is about working together on the challenges facing us rather than working in isolation.
  • cut red tape and get rid of bureaucracy - cutting ours and encouraging the government to cut theirs too. We will be talking to people who want to help build a stronger society about the barriers we could remove, and how best this can be done.

Our vision in action

Local delivery of services

Through the Oxfordshire Together initiative, the council is giving local town and parish councils the opportunity to improve delivery of services in their communities and create jobs in the local area. To find out more please visit our Oxfordshire Together pages

Working together more efficiently

We have developed shared services (for example, providing ICT services for Oxford City Council), partnering arrangements (for example, highways) and have contracted out numerous services (for example, residential care). We will continue to look for opportunities to join with others to get more value for money and improve service quality, including proposals for co-operatives which might be promoted by the not-for-profit sector or employees.

We will continue to reshape our management structure and back office functions to reflect the new operating environment.


If you would like to comment on the scheme please contact us.

We would also like to know about:

  • any barriers you encounter getting your community plan started at how the council can help
  • anything you’re already doing in your local area which supports our vision for thriving communities; we want to celebrate the good work that is already going on


In the meantime, have you thought about:

Last reviewed
12 July 2017
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