Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Sharon Shoesmith takes Haringey Council to employment tribunal

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The sacked head of children's services at the centre of the Baby P case is taking Haringey Council to employment tribunal.
Sharon Shoesmith is taking action against her former north London employer after she was dismissed without compensation from her Pfund100,000-a-year post in December.
If successful, she could receive as much as Pfund173,000 from the beleaguered council which was heavily criticised in the wake of the 17-month-old toddler's death.
Conservative Shadow Minister for Children Tim Loughton said he was not surprised that the 56-year-old had filed a complaint but was disappointed by her decision.
"This is the height of brass neck from Mrs Shoesmith whose arrogance was at the heart of her downfall," he said.
"She is still denial if she thinks that she should be rewarded for failure on the enormous scale at Haringey's children's social services department which resulted in Baby P's tragic death."
Councillor Robert Gorrie, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition at Haringey Council, said: "All employees have the right to due process.

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