OXFORD residents are being asked for their opinions on the city council's budget plans for next year.

The city council's draft budget proposes a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent for the next financial year between April 2020 and March 2021.

This would equate to an increase of £6.13 per year for a band D household in the city, or 12p a week, according to the council.

A public consultation on the budget is now open, which means people living in the city can give their views on plans for the higher tax, as well as the ways in which the council plans to spend the money.

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The consultation is available for all to take part in on the city council website at consultation.oxford.gov.uk

At the end of last year, the city council said it would set aside £19 million as part of its spending commitments for the 2020-21 financial year to tackle climate change on a local level.

Last week, Oxfordshire County Council launched a similar consultation on its budget plans for the next financial year.

The county council plans a much larger rise in council tax percentage than the city council of 3.99 per cent: this was a 1.99 per cent rise, with an extra two per cent to cover social costs.