Search

Row over tax break for special constables rumbles on

11:00 04 April 2014

Met Police has confirmed Haringey has just three special constables.

Met Police has confirmed Haringey has just three special constables.

Archant

A proposed council tax discount for special constables would help just three people who serve the borough, it has been revealed.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed this week there are just three special constables for Haringey.

It means the Haringey Lib Dems policy – which offers 63 special constables the tax break as a reward for their work – would mainly benefit those working in other boroughs across London.

However, Lib Dem leader Richard Wilson was quick to point out “crime crosses borough boundaries” so any volunteers would be helping keep crime figures down.

The revelation is the latest round in a game of political football which has rumbled on since the opposition group – with the backing of Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone – first tabled the scheme as an amendment to the 2014/15 budget.

Despite the amendment being defeated at full council in February, both Labour and Lib Dem groups continue to pursue the issue. Labour appeared to win one round, when a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office discovered Ms Featherstone had shown no interest in such a scheme during her time as a junior minister in that department.

But Cllr Wilson said this week: “We would like all London boroughs to recognise the work of specials and encourage more people to volunteer – but that requires a borough like Haringey to lead the way. It is a shame that Labour councillors won’t take that leadership.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Friday, March 27, 2015
Some of the food Chicken Town will offer (Pic: Kickstarter/Chicken Town)

Chicken loving youngsters living in a deprived borough of North London may soon be able to buy healthy fried chicken, if two restaurateurs get the start-up capital they need.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
In six weeks, the borough will go to the polls Pic: PA

The election campaign officially starts at the end of March – but the battle for hearts, minds and votes started long ago. Political editor Annabelle Dickson sets out her guide

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Calls have been made to unmask the eight Haringey councillors who have failed to pay their council tax on time at least once in the past five years – five of them not coughing up until threatened with court.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Police are using Community Resolution Orders instead of formal punishments

Hundreds of criminals in Camden, Haringey and Westminster have been let off without any formal action over the past 15 months, official figures reveal.

Most read news

CCTV pictures capture the youngster’s early morning outing to satisfy her craving.

People are not happy with Hopkins’ comments, yet again.

There’s going to be more than 4,000 people standing for election – and other fun facts.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Tottenham Journal e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder