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Oxford City Council tax rise to tackle flooding

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

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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