Haringey London Borough Council
Council logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Adam Jogee[1], Labour
since 2020/21
Leader of the Council
Peray Ahmet, Labour
Deputy Leader
Michael Hakata, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Luke Cawley-Harrison, Liberal Democrats
Structure
Seats57 councillors[3]
Political groups
Majority Party (36)
  •   Labour (41)

Opposition (21)

Elections
First past the post
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green
Website
www.haringey.gov.uk

Haringey London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Haringey in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Haringey is divided into 19 wards, each electing three councillors. As of 2020, Haringey London Borough Council comprises 41 Labour Party councillors, 15 Liberal Democrats and 1 Independent councillor, who was elected as a Labour councillor but resigned from his party in 2021.[4]

History

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Haringey area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Haringey on 1 April 1965. It replaced three local authorities: Hornsey Borough Council, Tottenham Borough Council and Wood Green Borough Council.[5]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Haringey as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Haringey London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.[6]

In 2017, the Council proposed a partnership with Lendlease Group for developing council-owned land known as the Haringey Development Vehicle, which was controversial locally. The subsequent political fall-out led to the resignation of council leader Claire Kober.[7]

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation, and has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It sets council tax and as a billing authority also collects precepts for Greater London Authority functions and business rates.[8] It sets planning policies which complement Greater London Authority and national policies, and decides on almost all planning applications accordingly. It is a local education authority and is also responsible for council housing, social services, libraries, waste collection and disposal, traffic, and most roads and environmental health.[9]

Summary results of elections

Main article: Haringey local elections

A map showing the wards of Haringey since 2002
A map showing the wards of Haringey since 2002

References

  1. ^ "The Mayor's Page". www.haringey.gov.uk. Haringey Council.
  2. ^ "Former Labour chairman quits and slams 'vindictive opposition' of councillors".
  3. ^ "Your Councillors". www.haringey.gov.uk. 15 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Councillors and MPs". www.haringey.gov.uk. Haringey Council.
  5. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  6. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  7. ^ "Haringey Council boss accused of running borough like her 'personal fiefdom' as she faces leadership challenge". Evening Standard. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2020.