Haringey London Borough Council

All of the seats in Haringey were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 42 Total councillors 42 Change-6

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 15 Total councillors 15 Change+6
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Council apology after blunder left family homeless

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A single mother and her three children were left homeless after Haringey Council botched a calculation of her housing benefit.

An official report says the family – which includes a disabled child – were forced to move out of their home after the council wrongly told her she owed more than £8,000 in overpaid benefits.

The report by the Local Government Ombudsman also finds the council mishandled her homelessness application, meaning the family had to stay in unsuitable accommodation.

Haringey Council has apologised for the mistakes and says it has paid the family, which has not been identified, more than £5,500 in compensation.

The Ombudsman found the council failed to send her case to an appeals tribunal, which would have spotted its mistakes.

A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “We’re sorry for the mistakes we made in this specific case and have taken steps to fix them.

“The wellbeing of residents is a priority for Haringey Council as it is for all local authorities and we’re determined to learn lessons from this to ensure similar situations are not repeated in the future.”

Seven areas compete to be named London Borough of Culture

Seven London boroughs are to present their bids to be named London Borough of Culture, City Hall have revealed.

Croydon, Greenwich, Hounslow, Lewisham, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Sutton are competing to take on the role in 2021 and 2023.

The two winning boroughs will each be awarded £1.35m to deliver a programme events during the year which "places culture at the heart of their communities" and celebrates "the unique character of local people and place".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the scheme had been created "to give Londoners a chance to create and enjoy world-class culture on their doorstep".

Waltham Forest was the first winner, being named the London Borough of Culture for 2019, while Brent will take over the mantle next year.

Haringey residents to have a say over council tax plan

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People are being invited to have their say on plans to raise council tax and a range of other budget proposals.

Haringey Council wants to increase core council tax by 1.99% during the next financial year to raise £4 million that will be used to fund local services.

On top of that, it wants to add a 2% increase to a ring-fenced council tax levy – known as a precept – to support adult social care.

The council has seen its funding from central government slashed by £124 million since 2010 and needs to make a further £24 million of savings over the next five years.

Haringey will continue to provide full council tax relief for its least well-off residents with children, as well as exempting care leavers until the age of 25.

The council plans to invest in libraries and youth services, reduce pollution around schools and cut charges for bulky waste collections to help tackle fly-tipping.

Disused clinic could be used for domestic abuse survivors

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A disused NHS clinic in Harringay could be turned into a refuge for survivors of domestic abuse.

Haringey Council wants to buy the former Burgoyne Road Clinic in Harringay to provide a safe haven for women who have been abused by their partners or other family members.

The borough currently has the sixth-highest rate of domestic abuse in London, according to a council report.

Nearly 3,500 women and girls are thought to be affected by Female Genital Mutilation in Haringey, and there are “high but hidden” levels of forced marriage and crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’, the report adds.

As well as providing a safe place to stay, refuges can support women through the criminal justice system.

They also provide support to the NHS, police and social care agencies.

The council agreed to start planning to buy the building at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

A more detailed report on the plans for the site will now be drawn up, including detailed designs and costs.

Calls to end festivals at Finsbury Park after damage

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Campaigners have called for a halt to concerts and other big events they say are damaging Haringey’s biggest park as well as disturbing neighbours.

Members of Friends of Finsbury Park want Haringey Council to stop allowing the Wireless Festival and other large-scale events from being held in the park every year.

Their latest call came after this year’s Hospitality and Abode music festivals sparked an “unprecedented” level of complaints when they were held on 21 and 22 September.

A report by the council’s events and partnerships manager Sarah Jones reveals 42 calls were made to a special complaints line over the weekend of the festivals and 73 were made directly to the council.

Council bosses blamed the weather for worsening the noise and damage, and said work was underway to restore the park to its previous state.

The damage to Finsbury Park was discussed at a meeting of Haringey’s environment and community safety scrutiny panel and Friends member Martin Ball claimed the events were causing “absolute destruction of the environment”.

He said: “We need Wireless to go. We need these major events to stop so people can peacefully enjoy not just their park but also their home lives.”

Council leader vows to protect Latin market

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A regeneration scheme that will see a Latin American market demolished has been defended by Haringey's council leader.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor
Haringey Council

Joseph Ejiofor said the council wanted to create a destination for people across the capital that will help ensure a newly designed Seven Sisters indoor market – also known as the Latin Village – continues to flourish at Wards Corner.

His comments came after the publication of a report which will see developer Grainger build nearly 200 homes at the site.

A report by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee raised concerns over an apparent lack of oversight and enforcement of an agreement drawn up to protect the traders.

Cllr Ejiofor said: “The council is not directly involved in delivering the scheme or selling land to make the scheme happen; it is a private scheme.“

But he said the council would ensure “commitments made to traders by developers are delivered and the section 106 agreement (designed to protect the traders) is adhered to”.

Councils criticised over business rate debt collection

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Islington Council has accepted criticisms made by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) over the way it tried to recover historic business rate debts.

It was investigated by the LGSCO following its attempts to recover debts going back to the early 2000s despite the person involved telling them she was not liable.

The council delayed trying to track down the payments for 16 years, with the LGSCO finding it at fault as this meant the person concerned no longer had any evidence with which to defend themselves.

LGSCO Michael King said: “While councils have every right to pursue people who do not pay their tax or business rates, they should also do this without undue delay and not let debts drift to such an extent.

“Any decision to pursue an historic debt should be based on sound evidence it is fair, appropriate and reasonable to do so.

“To take someone to court for bankruptcy is a very serious matter and, in the Haringey case, the council based its decision on a flawed assessment. This has had significant financial and emotional consequences for the woman."

Islington council agreed to pay £100 to the person concerned to acknowledge the avoidable time, trouble and frustration it caused.

Haringey council agreed to pay over £1,000 to a woman against whom it started bankruptcy proceedings for business rates of more than £50,000 based on an incorrect assessment of her assets.

An Islington council spokesperson said: “We accept the ombudsman’s findings.

“We are also reviewing our council tax and business rate collection policies to take the findings into account.”

Enfield to introduce charge for garden waste collections

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A decision to charge residents for garden waste collections has been defended by Enfield council.

Enfield council leader Nesil Caliskan
Enfield Borough Council

Leader Nesil Caliskan said the £65-a-year charge will save money and revealed a support scheme could be set up for those who struggle to pay.

At a meeting of Enfield Lock ward forum one resident claimed the charge was “extortionate”.

Ms Caliskan said: “It is absolutely going to save money, something like £2.5m a year, even with the investment."

The council leader added they needed a 25% take-up to be cost-effective.

She did not think there would be an increase in fly-tipping as a result of the charge.

Neighbouring Haringey Council recently faced calls from the Liberal Democrat Group to drop its £75-a-year charge for its garden waste collections after it raised £200,000 less than expected.

Calls to scrap garden waste charges in Haringey

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Haringey Civic Centre
LDRS

Haringey Council is facing calls to scrap a charge for garden waste rounds after it raised less cash than expected – just as Enfield plans a similar levy.

A £75-a-year charge for garden waste collections – £55 for smaller waste sacks – raised £200,000 less than forecast, council figures show.

When the charge was introduced in 2017, Haringey Council blamed funding cuts from central government for the move and said it would help to protect key services such as adults’ and children’s social care.

But the opposition Liberal Democrats called for a U-turn on the levy after the revenue shortfall was revealed in the council’s latest budget monitoring report.

It comes as Enfield Council plans to introduce a £65-a-year charge for garden waste from spring next year as part of a shake-up of its bin rounds.

Haringey’s overall budget position has improved compared to the same period last year.

Seema Chandwani, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The garden waste service is under review and we will respond to its findings.”

Enfield Council says the changes to its waste collections – which also include a shift from weekly to fortnightly refuse and recycling rounds – will save £7.5 million over five years and allow the council to protect other frontline services from budget cuts.

Haringey allows firm to buy council land to build homes

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A scheme to allow a private developer to purchase and build homes on Haringey council land will go-ahead despite opposition within the Labour administration.

Haringey Civic Centre
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Cabinet members gave the go-ahead to sell off land to developer Magic Homes in a deal that will provide 88 flats on the site of the former Red House care home on West Green Road, Tottenham.

Under the terms of the agreement, Magic Homes will sell 46 homes back to the council, to be offered at affordable social rent levels.

Cabinet members have been asked to re-think the decision and draw up an alternative plan for the council to keep hold of the land and build the homes itself.

But leader Joseph Ejiofor said the scheme would be the fastest way of meeting the borough's target of providing of 1,000 new council homes by 2022.