Local people have the right to have their say on how local and district council services are planned and run and how their council tax is spent. Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) believes it is really important that all people have a say.
This includes children and young people.
Why consultation matters
Consultation helps OCC stay in touch with what local people need and want. This is especially important when they need to make difficult decisions that affect the people of Oxfordshire.
OCC always consults with users of a service. You may already have been consulted over services you use. There are always open consultations that anyone can have a say on.
Take action: If you are aged 16 or over, you can read and respond to current consultations on the Oxfordshire County Council website at https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk. You will need to register.
More about Consultation
OCC follows six key consultation principles:
- keep an open mind and run consultations in an open and honest way
- be clear about what we are consulting on and what we will do with the findings
- give all relevant parties the chance to have their say
- provide sufficient time and information to enable people to engage
- take views expressed in consultations into account when we make decisions
- provide effective and timely consultation feedback
Consultation is just one of the ways you can have your say locally.
Instant Expert: There are lots of different ways to Have your Say. This Easy Read guide explains how you can see your councillor, raise a serious concern and more.
Talking to your Councillor
Consultations aren't the only way to get the issues that matter to you heard. There are also local Councillors.
Councillors are elected in local elections.