Oxenhope Village Council consists of eight elected members and a salaried Clerk. Members are elected, unpaid, for a four year term. The next election will be in May 2023. Casual vacancies are filled by election, if requested, or by co-option.
Formerly known as Oxenhope Parish Council, in 2019, the Council decided to change its name to Oxenhope Village Council, as allowed for by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, in order to make a distinction from an ecclesiastical parish. The Village Council has no connection with the Churches in Oxenhope.
The Village Council meets monthly, normally on the second Wednesday of each month at the Methodist Church on West Drive Oxenhope, starting at 7.30 p.m., but is currently meeting by video conferencing (Zoom).
It is open to all and members of the public are normally invited to speak on any item if they wish to do so, and ‘Public Questions’ are always a specific item on the agenda.
Representation is non-political and matters discussed rarely have a party political slant. Members who find they have a disclosable pecuniary interest (usually financial) in a matter under discussion must declare it and withdraw from the discussion.
The Village Council is funded by a local tax on residents which is collected with the Council Tax. The local tax, known as the precept, was set at £35.00 per band D property for 2021/22. In 2020/21 the UK average precept was £71 at band D.
The precept provided a total income of £35,875 in 2021/22.
In addition to the precept and support grant, the Village Council has a strong track record of accessing external grant and other funding to support project work.