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Barnet Labour Councillor Kath McGuirk 'glad' after council tax arrears allegation dropped
A Labour councillor says she is "glad" police have decided to drop allegations that she voted in a budget meeting while she was in council tax arrears.
Barnet Police issued a statement today confirming they were not going to pursue Barnet Borough Council's claims that Councillor Kath McGuirk had breached the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
Cllr McGurik said: "I am glad that this has finally been resolved and I look forward to working for the residents of West Finchley as I have done for the past 20 years and hopefully for another four."
The authority had previously said Cllr McGuirk was in arrears with her council tax following an incorrectly claimed single person council tax discount dating back to 2010 when she voted in the council budget meeting.
Cllr McGuirk 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's police statement said: "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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