Sacked head of children's services given £679,452 after Baby P scandal

Sacked head of children's services given £679,452 after Baby P scandal

Sacked head of children's services given £679,452 after Baby P scandal

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The former head of Haringey’s children’s services was awarded £679,452 of taxpayers money in the wake of the Baby P scandal, new figures have shown.

In 2011, Sharon Shoesmith, who earned £133,000 a year, won a ruling that she was unfairly dismissed by Haringey Council over the abuse of Peter Connelly, who died in 2007.

At the time of his death Peter, who was 17 months old, had more than 50 injuries and had received more than 60 visits from social workers.

Three people were jailed for causing or allowing his death, including his mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker, and his brother, Jason Owen.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Ms Shoesmith was entitled to compensation from the council on account of being “unfairly scapegoated” over the events.

Lord Neuberger suggested in 2011 that Ms Shoesmith should be awarded a minimum of three months’ salary plus pensions contributions.

Three months’ salary would have amounted to £33,000.

However, Haringey Council’s draft accounts for 2013/2014 show that Ms Shoesmith was awarded £377,266 for salary, fees and allowance, £217,266 compensation for loss of office, and £84,819 for employer pension contributions.

The Independent is waiting for a response from Haringey Council.

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