Of all local government bodies, it is the parish council which is closest to residents and which has the greatest interest in local concerns. Parish councils have no powers over district or county council decisions but they can seek to influence the decision makers.

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor civil parish is about 6 miles west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire, until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

The population of the Parish was 1,955 in 2001 but the village has increased in size in recent years with several major new developments taking place. There are now 2,200 people on the electoral roll.
The parish council provides a range of services within the two villages. Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire County Council also operate within the area. Further details of what the different councils do are giving below.​​

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Parish Council:

  • Comments on planning applications
  • Seeks funding from developers for improvements for the Parish 
  • Cuts the grass of the verges and various public open spaces
  • Maintains the Burial Ground
  • Maintains the recreation ground, Millennium Green and Village Hall grounds
  • Maintains and checks the playground
  • Picks litter around the Village
  • Empties dog bins
  • Lobbies Oxfordshire County Council for highways repairs and improvements
  • Lobbies Vale of White Horse District Council for improvements in the serivces they provide
  • Take on additional public spaces from Developers 
  • Gives donations to local and national charities and
  • Assists on Remembrance Sunday

Vale of White Horse District Council provides:

Building Control
Business Rates
Community Safety
Council Tax
Electoral Services
Environmental Health
Housing Services
Refuse Collection

Oxfordshire County Council provides:

Fire Service
Mineral and Waste Policies
Social Services
Trading Standards
Transport Planning and Highways
HPublic transport
Concessionary Bus Passes
Road Safety
Street Lighting