A NEW rubbish truck is set to be bought by Oxford City Council, creating two jobs.

The local authority said it wanted to bring in more cash by doing waste collection work for other public bodies and businesses.

It said the new vehicle would have 'the latest and most efficient engine in class'.

The truck will also have a narrow body and rear steer to allow it to be used in narrow streets, as well as special fixtures to make it safer for cyclists.

Its purchase will require the council to hire both a new driver and loader, who it said would be paid the Oxford Living Wage of £8.93 an hour.

A report to the council's executive board said: "The board approved a report in September 2011 which set out a framework for expanding income generation through service supply to public sector bodies and charging for discretionary services.

"Since that time ambitious but achievable targets for income generation have been included in the council’s financial strategy.

"The aim is to reduce the burden of overhead costs by undertaking more external work."

The report will be considered by senior councillors next Thursday, in a meeting starting at 5pm.

It will take place in Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, and the public may attend.