Volunteer police officers services in the capital’s three forces are to get a £150 annual payment from City Hall.
Boris Johnson’s office says the payment fulfils a manifesto commitment to cut his share of council tax – £299.00 for a typical Band D household – by “50 per cent” for special constables.
The money will be paid to up to officers working with the Met, British Transport Police or City of London Police provided they’re resident in a London borough or the City area.
Because the City has its own police force, any volunteers living within its boundaries will get back almost twice as much as they pay towards City Hall’s services.
This is because City households are exempt from paying the element of the Mayor’s precept – currently £214.52 – which goes towards policing and so pay just £84.48.
City Hall says it will meet any tax liability arising from the payment, ensuring officers receive the full benefit of the cash.
The scheme comes into effect on 1st April and all special constables who qualify will be able to apply for the payment from March.
Mr Johnson said: “My manifesto promised a council tax discount for special constables and this payment delivers on that pledge.
“Special constables are a vital link between the police and the community whilst representing the very best of London’s volunteering spirit. This payment goes some way to recognise the huge contribution that specials make to keep our city safe.”
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, commented: “Special constables will continue to volunteer, unpaid, in support of regular Met police officers, but we hope this council tax rebate demonstrates how the Mayor values their efforts.
“I especially enjoyed observing their contribution up close on the recent Big Wing Day involving Specials across London.
“We want many more people with diverse backgrounds and expert skills to step forward to support the police as volunteers, and I am delighted that members of our Special Constabulary are now getting the recognition they deserve.”