Oxford City Council tax rise to tackle flooding

Flooding on Botley Road Botley Road in Oxford has been severely affected by recent flooding

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Council tax in Oxford will increase by more than originally planned to provide extra money to tackle flooding, the Labour-run authority has said.

The city council voted through a 1.99% precept rise instead of the originally proposed 1.5% at its full council meeting on Wednesday.

Two pumps to deal with flood water will be funded at a cost of £75,000.

But opposition Green Party councillor Craig Simmons labelled the budget "extremely disappointing".

He said a number of amendments had been voted down, adding: "At a time of austerity, the council should be investing in services not standing still.

"The people of Oxford have lost out on more than £7m of targeted spending on housing, environmental and social measures."

Measures also approved included a rise in rents for social housing tenants of about £5 a week and additional funding for the city's Covered Market.

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