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Oxfordshire county council cuts u-turn

Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall
The council has dropped some of its savings plans

Oxfordshire County Council has announced it is reversing plans to cut millions of pounds from services.

Savings in the youth service of £2.3m over five years have been dropped and replaced with proposals for cuts of up to £350,000 from 2012.

The Oxfordshire fire cadet scheme and the Oxfordshire Youth Parliament have also been spared.

Plans to re-introduce on-street parking charges in Oxford on Sundays and in the evenings have been dropped.

The Chill Out Fund, a grant for youth work in the county, will not now be cut, but the council's outdoor education centres will still have to become self-financed or face closure.

National finances

Councillor Keith Mitchell, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: "I am particularly pleased that we are not now having to look at savings in the youth service.

"The very fact that we had to even consider such a thing is an indication of the extent of the problems in the national finances and their predicted impact on local government."

A total of around £104.5m will be cut from budgets over five years from April 2010.

Oxfordshire County Council said £75m would then be reinvested in services.

The final cuts will be decided at the budget meeting in February.

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