Barnet Police drop allegations over Councillor Kath McGuirk's council tax arrears

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Police have decided not to charge a Labour councillor over accusations that she voted ‘inappropriately’ in a budget meeting.

Barnet Borough Council reported Councillor Kath McGuirk for a potential breach of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

The authority had said that at the time of the council budget debate Cllr McGuirk was in arrears with her council tax following an incorrectly claimed single person council tax discount dating back to 2010.

But Cllr McGuirk publicly defended her actions stating the council had  “mistakenly” issued her demands for council tax arrears and a court summons, which she challenged because her payments were "in order”.

Today police have issued a statement to say that following a full investigation they will not be proceeding with the allegation.

It reads: “After a thorough investigation into the allegation of a breach of Section 106 Local Government Finance Act 1992, it was decided by police in Barnet that, although a technical breach had occurred, it was not in the public interest to progress the matter any further.

“All parties have been informed of the decision.”

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9:43am Wed 21 May 14

Mike NW7 says...

This was a purely political move to attempt to smear a popular and effective Labour councillor. Glad to see the police had the good sense not to pursue this.
This was a purely political move to attempt to smear a popular and effective Labour councillor. Glad to see the police had the good sense not to pursue this. Mike NW7
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9:54am Wed 21 May 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

That's not really true, Mike. - As the article confirms, there was a breach here, and Cllr McGuirk did break the law. The police have decided that the matter is not worth pursuing, but that doesn't make it acceptable for elected politicians to break the law.
That's not really true, Mike. - As the article confirms, there was a breach here, and Cllr McGuirk did break the law. The police have decided that the matter is not worth pursuing, but that doesn't make it acceptable for elected politicians to break the law. AverageBarnetResident
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8:04pm Wed 21 May 14

Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault says...

This Labour candidate has been found by the police to have breached the rules 'technically', yet she still does not apologise! What an arrogant person who is clearly unfit for public office.

I can understand the police not prosecuting because there are far more serious crimes being committed, but for her to think she can be trusted to conduct council matters is a joke! She can't even manage her own council tax affairs yet alone matters of public interest. This will be a ball and chain for her for quite some time.

"Who, Kathy Guirk, the one who was summonsed for council tax arrears and was found to have breached the rules on voting?" "Yes, that's the one".
This Labour candidate has been found by the police to have breached the rules 'technically', yet she still does not apologise! What an arrogant person who is clearly unfit for public office. I can understand the police not prosecuting because there are far more serious crimes being committed, but for her to think she can be trusted to conduct council matters is a joke! She can't even manage her own council tax affairs yet alone matters of public interest. This will be a ball and chain for her for quite some time. "Who, Kathy Guirk, the one who was summonsed for council tax arrears and was found to have breached the rules on voting?" "Yes, that's the one". Mr unreasonable and always looking for fault
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