Council considering asking public for donations

Oxford Mail: Council considering asking public for donations Council considering asking public for donations

Oxfordshire County Council will today consider whether to ask members of the public for donations as it tries to run its services with less money.

Officers at the county council have said a website allowing people to donate to the authority could work and have recommended that the scheme take a step forward.

The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the county council’s income generation cabinet advisory group on Tuesday <<Jan 14>> at 12.30pm.

- Would you donate to the council? And how much, if so? Or do you think the plan is a bad idea? Contact the newsdesk on 01865 425444, e-mail news@oxfordmail.co.uk or tweet @TheOxfordMail

 

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11:44am Tue 14 Jan 14

WitneyGreen says...

We already 'donate' to the Council every month. It's called 'Council Tax'. Perhaps asking individuals to donate is a step too far, but I see no reason why they could not seek corporate sponsorship.
We already 'donate' to the Council every month. It's called 'Council Tax'. Perhaps asking individuals to donate is a step too far, but I see no reason why they could not seek corporate sponsorship. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -88

11:58am Tue 14 Jan 14

Jimmer says...

This is a joke, right?
This is a joke, right? Jimmer
  • Score: -36

12:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

CowleyBoy says...

Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up.

In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels.
Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up. In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels. CowleyBoy
  • Score: -25

12:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Jimmer says...

CowleyBoy wrote:
Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up.

In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels.
Thats a good idea, I'd support that, but chances are it'll enter the OCC black hole of accounts!
[quote][p][bold]CowleyBoy[/bold] wrote: Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up. In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels.[/p][/quote]Thats a good idea, I'd support that, but chances are it'll enter the OCC black hole of accounts! Jimmer
  • Score: -35

12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Trevor Craig says...

I would only even consider it if the donated money was ring fenced and didn't disappear into the pension pot/salaries of the senior managers and there was real reform of the way the council consults and scrutinizes the decisions they make. In these tough times, perhaps the Councillors should show leadership and donate their "allowances" to plow back into services.
I would only even consider it if the donated money was ring fenced and didn't disappear into the pension pot/salaries of the senior managers and there was real reform of the way the council consults and scrutinizes the decisions they make. In these tough times, perhaps the Councillors should show leadership and donate their "allowances" to plow back into services. Trevor Craig
  • Score: -28

12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Great idea.

Perhaps they got the inspiration from the comments section of "The Oxford Mail" and decided to try it out...
Great idea. Perhaps they got the inspiration from the comments section of "The Oxford Mail" and decided to try it out... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -58

1:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

WitneyGreen says...

CowleyBoy wrote:
Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up.

In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels.
Yes, absolutely. If people want to donate to their local library or sports centre or old people's home they should be free to do that. But it mustn't replace core funding (as has happened with key services like lifeboats and air ambulances, which are entirely donation-run) and it mustn't go into a random slush fund to end up being spent on Joanna Simons' humungous salary.
[quote][p][bold]CowleyBoy[/bold] wrote: Ok, if people want to make donations then it's their choice. BUT they should be allowed to specify how their money is spent, and the chosen areas of expenditure should not suffer cuts in regular funding as a result to balance it up. In other words, if someone wants to donate to libraries then it should be treated purely as extra funding for libraries, in addition to their existing council tax funding. The council can't then cut council tax funding to bring it back down to prior levels.[/p][/quote]Yes, absolutely. If people want to donate to their local library or sports centre or old people's home they should be free to do that. But it mustn't replace core funding (as has happened with key services like lifeboats and air ambulances, which are entirely donation-run) and it mustn't go into a random slush fund to end up being spent on Joanna Simons' humungous salary. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -85

1:37pm Tue 14 Jan 14

train passenger says...

A fairly cynical attempt by politicians to make themselves look good by offering 'low taxes' and high quality services (through donations). Just put up the council tax if you feel more money is needed and see whether voters agree (personally I wouldn't mind if it was spent in the right way, for instance by installing many more smart traffic lights that turn green when something approaches like they do in say the Netherlands, that would save me and everyone else hours of time).
A fairly cynical attempt by politicians to make themselves look good by offering 'low taxes' and high quality services (through donations). Just put up the council tax if you feel more money is needed and see whether voters agree (personally I wouldn't mind if it was spent in the right way, for instance by installing many more smart traffic lights that turn green when something approaches like they do in say the Netherlands, that would save me and everyone else hours of time). train passenger
  • Score: -83

2:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mytaxes says...

There are still savings to be made in both the County and City before they start asking for more money. Many councils froze council tax again for 2013/2014 unlike Oxford who think we are made of money. I receive precious little for my £2,000.00 council tax so no donations from me.
There are still savings to be made in both the County and City before they start asking for more money. Many councils froze council tax again for 2013/2014 unlike Oxford who think we are made of money. I receive precious little for my £2,000.00 council tax so no donations from me. mytaxes
  • Score: -89

2:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Segdirb22 says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
We already 'donate' to the Council every month. It's called 'Council Tax'. Perhaps asking individuals to donate is a step too far, but I see no reason why they could not seek corporate sponsorship.
I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: We already 'donate' to the Council every month. It's called 'Council Tax'. Perhaps asking individuals to donate is a step too far, but I see no reason why they could not seek corporate sponsorship.[/p][/quote]I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously Segdirb22
  • Score: -36

2:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

They would do better looking for donations or sponsorship for specific one off projects which otherwise would not happen.

Nobody is going to donate to general Council funds without any say where the money goes.
They would do better looking for donations or sponsorship for specific one off projects which otherwise would not happen. Nobody is going to donate to general Council funds without any say where the money goes. Gunslinger
  • Score: -88

2:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Segdirb22 says...

I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all meetings before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously to increase their council tax payments to enable OCC to maintain all the services that were being threatened. That seems to have gone very quiet. I am about to be hit with a school bus annual bill that will equate to circa £600 but the proposed increase in my council tax would be approx £300. I would happily pay the £300 to keep things as is!
I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all meetings before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously to increase their council tax payments to enable OCC to maintain all the services that were being threatened. That seems to have gone very quiet. I am about to be hit with a school bus annual bill that will equate to circa £600 but the proposed increase in my council tax would be approx £300. I would happily pay the £300 to keep things as is! Segdirb22
  • Score: -34

2:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sid Hunt says...

They can have my old bicycle - that will save the cost of at least one company car.
They can have my old bicycle - that will save the cost of at least one company car. Sid Hunt
  • Score: 12

2:45pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Ask Davy boy and his Bullingdon club toffs, they must have plenty to give away.
Ask Davy boy and his Bullingdon club toffs, they must have plenty to give away. Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -185

4:47pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Isawyoucoming says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
Ask Davy boy and his Bullingdon club toffs, they must have plenty to give away.
The same davy boy who keeps saying he's frozen the council tax. another 2% rise this year.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Ask Davy boy and his Bullingdon club toffs, they must have plenty to give away.[/p][/quote]The same davy boy who keeps saying he's frozen the council tax. another 2% rise this year. Isawyoucoming
  • Score: -86

6:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

WitneyGreen says...

Segdirb22 wrote:
I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all meetings before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously to increase their council tax payments to enable OCC to maintain all the services that were being threatened. That seems to have gone very quiet. I am about to be hit with a school bus annual bill that will equate to circa £600 but the proposed increase in my council tax would be approx £300. I would happily pay the £300 to keep things as is!
I get hardly anything for the sum I already pay, and would strongly resist any increase in council tax.
[quote][p][bold]Segdirb22[/bold] wrote: I attended one of the Oxfordshire Roadshow meetings. At that meeting, as was the case at all meetings before Witney, the audiences voted unanimously to increase their council tax payments to enable OCC to maintain all the services that were being threatened. That seems to have gone very quiet. I am about to be hit with a school bus annual bill that will equate to circa £600 but the proposed increase in my council tax would be approx £300. I would happily pay the £300 to keep things as is![/p][/quote]I get hardly anything for the sum I already pay, and would strongly resist any increase in council tax. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -87

6:39pm Tue 14 Jan 14

King Joke says...

train passenger wrote:
A fairly cynical attempt by politicians to make themselves look good by offering 'low taxes' and high quality services (through donations). Just put up the council tax if you feel more money is needed and see whether voters agree (personally I wouldn't mind if it was spent in the right way, for instance by installing many more smart traffic lights that turn green when something approaches like they do in say the Netherlands, that would save me and everyone else hours of time).
What would the lights do when traffic approached from more than one direction, the usual situation about 16 hours a day at functionsbury enough to have traffic lights?
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: A fairly cynical attempt by politicians to make themselves look good by offering 'low taxes' and high quality services (through donations). Just put up the council tax if you feel more money is needed and see whether voters agree (personally I wouldn't mind if it was spent in the right way, for instance by installing many more smart traffic lights that turn green when something approaches like they do in say the Netherlands, that would save me and everyone else hours of time).[/p][/quote]What would the lights do when traffic approached from more than one direction, the usual situation about 16 hours a day at functionsbury enough to have traffic lights? King Joke
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

carli says...

they can ask...but they won't get a penny from me.... they already take enough of our cash...are they taking the proverbial l!!!!!!
they can ask...but they won't get a penny from me.... they already take enough of our cash...are they taking the proverbial l!!!!!! carli
  • Score: -89

8:05pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The local "activists" will no doubt be agahst...

What's the point of their shouting if the problem can be solved with a personal donation?
The local "activists" will no doubt be agahst... What's the point of their shouting if the problem can be solved with a personal donation? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -67

10:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

DoctorBob says...

mytaxes wrote:
There are still savings to be made in both the County and City before they start asking for more money. Many councils froze council tax again for 2013/2014 unlike Oxford who think we are made of money. I receive precious little for my £2,000.00 council tax so no donations from me.
That's strange because I receive loads. Maybe you aren't aware of what it's spent on?
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: There are still savings to be made in both the County and City before they start asking for more money. Many councils froze council tax again for 2013/2014 unlike Oxford who think we are made of money. I receive precious little for my £2,000.00 council tax so no donations from me.[/p][/quote]That's strange because I receive loads. Maybe you aren't aware of what it's spent on? DoctorBob
  • Score: -34

3:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

Much more effective to simply remove the Tory-led Coalition Government and bring back sanity to the way in which the UK is managed - for the benefit of all the people, not just big business and the wealthy! The people in Oxfordshire already pay heavily for public services which they either don't get, or have seen substantially cut-back and reduced. Nor do the people in Oxford get a better deal from its Labour-led City Council - which was cutting-back services long before Gordon Brown got kicked-out of Downing Street!
Much more effective to simply remove the Tory-led Coalition Government and bring back sanity to the way in which the UK is managed - for the benefit of all the people, not just big business and the wealthy! The people in Oxfordshire already pay heavily for public services which they either don't get, or have seen substantially cut-back and reduced. Nor do the people in Oxford get a better deal from its Labour-led City Council - which was cutting-back services long before Gordon Brown got kicked-out of Downing Street! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -112

8:51am Wed 15 Jan 14

alu355 says...

At the Council Consultation meetings with the public, lots of people said they would pay higher Council Tax to protect services. Let's see if they are so willing when they have to put their money where their mouth is.
A box on your Council tax bill which lets you add a percentage on top should be all that is needed.
At the Council Consultation meetings with the public, lots of people said they would pay higher Council Tax to protect services. Let's see if they are so willing when they have to put their money where their mouth is. A box on your Council tax bill which lets you add a percentage on top should be all that is needed. alu355
  • Score: -116

11:01am Wed 15 Jan 14

WilburTheDog says...

Why don't they reduce council tax and charge for what you use. I would happily pay less tax but pay for my rubbish to be emptied. In Switzerland you buy a bin bag from the supermarket which costs about £10. That covers the cost of getting rid of it. The only thing we should pay for as part of the council tax is things like street lights, emergency services and so on. Why should I pay for someone else's kids to go to nursery. Again just charge them, even if it's a quid per child per session.
Why don't they reduce council tax and charge for what you use. I would happily pay less tax but pay for my rubbish to be emptied. In Switzerland you buy a bin bag from the supermarket which costs about £10. That covers the cost of getting rid of it. The only thing we should pay for as part of the council tax is things like street lights, emergency services and so on. Why should I pay for someone else's kids to go to nursery. Again just charge them, even if it's a quid per child per session. WilburTheDog
  • Score: -80

8:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

adlibber says...

if you voted tory or lib dem you should be liable for contributions to local councils - this govt is protecting bankers and big business and punishing every other sector for the failed reckless gambles of bankers. Anyone who thinks voluntarily paying money to the Council is either very rich or not very bright. It's a govt con designed to bleed the worst off to enrich the few
if you voted tory or lib dem you should be liable for contributions to local councils - this govt is protecting bankers and big business and punishing every other sector for the failed reckless gambles of bankers. Anyone who thinks voluntarily paying money to the Council is either very rich or not very bright. It's a govt con designed to bleed the worst off to enrich the few adlibber
  • Score: -82

10:43am Sat 18 Jan 14

Bon Rurgundy says...

Maybe they could take a look at councillors' expenses before begging money from us...
Maybe they could take a look at councillors' expenses before begging money from us... Bon Rurgundy
  • Score: -16

3:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

robbo81 says...

i guess this isn't going to go down too well now the parking charge surplus has been revealed?! Maybe some of the councillors and officials earning £150k+ could donate a little? They really should all be ashamed of themselves. I honestly don't believe most employed in public sector positions would ever be employed at similar levels in the private sector.
i guess this isn't going to go down too well now the parking charge surplus has been revealed?! Maybe some of the councillors and officials earning £150k+ could donate a little? They really should all be ashamed of themselves. I honestly don't believe most employed in public sector positions would ever be employed at similar levels in the private sector. robbo81
  • Score: -87

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