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November 16, 2020

Businesses can now apply for lockdown support grants in South and Vale

Businesses in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse that have been temporarily forced to close and for those that have been severely impacted by the latest national lockdown may apply for new support grant funding. These grants are worth up to £3,000 per month.  South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are […]

November 13, 2020

Council outlines plans for the future

Vale of White Horse District Council has launched its brand-new corporate plan outlining how it will serve its communities over the next few years. The plan includes what the council’s priorities should be while supporting the district through COVID-19, the recovery, and beyond. The plan highlights priorities including economic recovery, housing and the Climate Emergency. […]

November 6, 2020

Councillors express dismay to Chancellor about lockdown business support

The Leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have written a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to express their dismay that the national lockdown was announced without sufficient support for all businesses in place. Cllrs Sue Cooper and Emily Smith explained that businesses have already been in touch with […]

November 4, 2020

Councils providing vital community and business support through the lockdown

We know the winter lockdown will be tough on some of our residents and businesses, but we’re here for anybody who urgently needs our help.   That’s the message from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils as the nation prepares for the next lockdown tomorrow (5 November).  The councils’ Community Hub, which […]

November 3, 2020


Oxfordshire councils have called on the Government for better financial support – not only for their continued Coronavirus response, which will become more significant and expensive in light of the second lockdown announcement, but also to ensure there is enough funding for councils to provide their day-to-day services for communities in the longer term. In […]

November 3, 2020

Vale Council objects to Government’s proposed reforms to the planning system

Vale of the White Horse District Council has written to the Government objecting to many of its proposed reforms to the current planning system. The Government’s proposed changes were outlined in the Planning for the Future white paper which sets out reforms. The council sent a letter to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for […]

November 2, 2020

Oxfordshire must play its part to control the virus and save lives

Help will be available to those who needs it this winter as the Oxfordshire community comes together to do its bit to control the virus and save lives. That’s the message from local leaders who are urging residents and businesses to carefully follow the new lockdown guidelines from the government this week. It’s clear that […]

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November 2, 2020

Covid-19 lockdown update

We continue to work hard to support our communities and businesses as part of the response to COVID-19.  We’re currently assessing the full impact of the government’s announcement this weekend of a further national lockdown from Thursday 5 November to make sure we’re providing the right support where it’s needed most.  We are monitoring any […]

October 30, 2020

Projects moving forward for Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board

Members of the Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board met last week to hear about the latest developments for Didcot Gateway and other key initiatives around the town.  You can watch the meeting in full via The board were updated on the district councils’ plan to build their new offices at Didcot Gateway, which will […]

October 29, 2020

Oxford officially moved to ‘high’ COVID alert level as cases continue to rise

Oxford will be moved into the government’s ‘high’ or tier 2 alert level after a further rise in cases of COVID-19 – meaning that the city’s residents will need to abide by new rules from Saturday 31 October. The central government decision follows intensive discussions between central government, local councils, MPs and others in recent […]