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County eyes big tax rise in latest budget

Council tax for Oxfordshire County Council provided services could be rising by 4.99 per cent according to next year’s budget.

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Banbury Town Council are supporting a motion against online abuse. Cllr. Kieron Mallon, left and Cllr. Steve Kilsby, right. NNL-171128-102323009

Banbury councillors join forces against online trolls

Banbury councillors on both sides of the political divide are united in the fight against online abuse and hope others will follow their lead.

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Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

British citizens who fear immigrants and thought they threatened their values and way of life were more likely to have voted Brexit.

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Syrian refugees in Turkey

Banbury commuters: keep your eyes peeled for flashmob for Syria

Banbury commuters coming home from work in London tomorrow, Friday, should keep their eyes peeled for unusual activity at the train station.

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The UK wastes around two million tonnes of food every year. Photo: Wrap

Banbury charity publishes new guidelines on food labels to tackle waste

A Banbury organisation published new guidelines today (Wednesday, November 29) on food expiry labels in partnership with the government in a bid to tackle waste.
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Energy drinks ‘cause mental health problems and kidney damage’

Energy drinks ‘cause mental health problems and kidney damage’

Children should be banned from buying energy drinks as they can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity and even kidney damage, warns new research.

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Budget 2017: North Oxfordshire MP welcomes ‘exciting vision for UK’

North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis said the Budget offers ‘an exciting vision for the country’ and her constituents will welcome some of the announcements.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond. Picture: Getty

Budget 2017: Oxfordshire councils given £215m to build 100,000 homes

The Chancellor announced £215m will be given to Oxfordshire’s councils to build 100,000 homes and infrastructure in the county by 2031 in his Budget today (Wednesday, November 22).

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VIDEO: Everything you need to know from Philip Hammond’s Budget

All the key facts from Philip Hammond’s Budget with our video graphics.

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Matt Harris from Chipping Norton is organizing a carers' petition. NNL-171031-164349009

Chipping Norton carer seeks debate on pay in Commons

A Chipping Norton man who looked after his elderly and ill mother for eight years has launched a national petition in a bid to get the Government to pay carers a living wage.

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Staff from Citizens Advice who will be happy to help with Universal Credit worries. (L-R) Gill Ince, Carl Jenkinson, Andrew Carter and Hayley Watson. Photo: Citizens' Advice North Oxon & South Northants NNL-171031-122103001

Be prepared for Universal Credit rollout in Cherwell district this month

This month sees the introduction of Universal Credit to Banbury residents who are claiming any of six benefits it replaces.

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Jerome Prigent of the Horse & Groom in Caulcott, has been nominated for the 2017/18 Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award. NNL-171024-162102001

Caulcott chef nominated for parliamentary award by MP

A chef from a Caulcott pub has been nominated by Banbury MP Victoria Prentis for the 2017/18 Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.

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Middleton Cheney Library is threatened with closure. Library supporters and users. NNL-171024-165702009

‘Disaster’: Group slams plan to close Middleton Cheney Library as consultation opens

Closing Middleton Cheney Library would be a ‘disaster’ it was claimed as the county council opened a consultation on £9.6m worth of cuts.

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Around 40,000 homes targeted in voter registration campaign

A four week campaign to encourage around 40,000 households in Cherwell and south Northamptonshire to confirm or update their details on the electoral register starts today (Friday, October 27).

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County Council leader Councillor Heather Smith.

Leaked email reveals Tories timed Northamptonshire cuts announcements to increase election chances

Controversial proposals to cut £9.6 million from Northamptonshire County Council’s budget were timed to give the Tories more chance of winning the 2019 borough elections, it has been revealed.

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Representatives from the Shipston Neighbourhood Plan Community Team with copies of the draft plan. (From left, Ed Jackson, town councillor Alison Henderson and Philip Sykes). Photo: Shipston Town Council

Draft plan for Shipston's growth submitted for consultation

A draft plan for how Shipston should develop over the next 14 years has been submitted to the district council for independent examination ahead of a consultation.
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Cllr Sean Gaul proposed a motion to urge BT to clean up its phone boxes, like this one. Photos: Cllr Sean Gaul NNL-171018-163231001

Bid to get vandalism-attracting BT phone boxes in Cherwell cleaned up

Unsightly BT phone boxes attracting vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Cherwell district should be cleaned up, the council has urged.

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County Council leader Councillor Heather Smith.

Northants cuts: Rural bus subsidies could be lost plus libraries to be reviewed

Rural bus routes, libraries, road maintenance and gritting and Trading Standards in Northamptonshire are all set for cuts as part of £9.6m in savings announced by the county council yesterday (Monday, October 16).

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Banburyshire MPs Victoria Prentis and Robert Courts who spoke in the debate on Oxfordshire health services

Banbury MP slams health chiefs over Horton at Westminster debate

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis slammed Oxfordshire health chiefs over the Horton downgrade in a debate on healthcare in the county at the Houses of Parliament this morning (Tuesday, October 17).

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Banbury MP Victoria Prentis

Banbury Town Council unite in call to MP

Banbury Town councillors came together to urge Banbury MP Victoria Prentis, to use her parliamentary position to save the Horton Hospital.

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