Directing the work of the council are 36 councillors elected by the voters of South Oxfordshire with elections held every four years. Each councillor represents a ward in South Oxfordshire and is democratically accountable to the residents of the ward they represent.
The council normal opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 8.30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The offices are closed on weekends and during bank holidays.
South Oxfordshire District Council provides services for the people who live and work in South Oxfordshire and those visiting the area. The council is responsible for collecting council tax and they use around 10 per cent of what they collect to help pay for these services, such as:
In addition, the district council pays out a wide range of benefits on behalf of the government.