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Computer glitch causes Cherwell double council tax bill
About 4,400 people in Oxfordshire will be charged double for their council tax this month because of a computer glitch.
New software has been installed by Cherwell District Council and caused payments not to be taken in July.
As a result two payments will be taken on 9 August. The council has written to affected residents affected and set up a dedicated phone line for anyone who wants to make a one-off payment now.
A spokesman said: "Cherwell District Council's revenues and benefits department has recently changed its software system.
"In the course of the switchover to the new system a technical issue meant that direct debit payments for residents who normally pay on the ninth of the month were not claimed."
Council criticism for shake-up plans
BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter
South Northamptonshire Council is urging residents to sign a petition against plans to create a new single council to run services across Oxfordshire.
If Oxfordshire County Council's (OCC) plans for a new unitary authority go ahead, all the county's existing councils would be scrapped.
That's a problem from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), as it shares many staff and services with one of those threatened authorities - Cherwell District Council.
The two authorities share not only a chief executive, but many officers.
Ian McCord (pictured), Conservative leader of SNC, said: "It is not possible to pull one council off the see-saw and jettison the other in the air - OCC must come clean and make their plans clear."
OCC says its plans could save £100m over five years and are supported by 70% of people in Oxfordshire.
Cherwell council election results
So in Cherwell, the last area in Oxfordshire to declare results today, the make-up of the council is:
- Conservatives - 38 seats
- Labour - 8
- Independents - 2
Conservatives hold Cherwell
The Conservatives have held on to Cherwell - they now have 38 seats.