Neighbourhood Panels (15)

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Metropolitan Police Service issued Practice Advice in September 2005 to provide "Guidance on Setting Up and Maintaining Neighbourhood Panels". It is noted in the guidance that "The panel must decide if the councillor should have a role in deciding the priorities as their involvement may politicise the outcome".

What are the dangers posed by elected representatives' involvement politicising outcomes?


Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (15)

Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (15)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The role of neighbourhood panels is to determine the policing priorities of all members of a local community. The risk of politicising such decision-making is that it may inhibit the involvement of all sections of a community in the work of a panel and that decision-making may be guided by regional or national party-political and policy considerations rather than neighbourhood concerns.