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Baby P chief's payout criticised

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is to receive a six-figure payout for being unfairly dismissed following the Baby P tragedy. Former Children's Secretary Ed Balls - who removed her from the role - said it left "a bad taste."

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DfE Shoesmith contribution to be made public

Downing Street has said that the Department for Education's contribution to Sharon Shoesmith's payout will be made public.

As part of the Court of Appeal ruling the Department for Education was ordered to pay a contribution to her payout.

Whilst that contribution hasn't been agreed the Department for Education will make public the amount that it is contributing.

– Downing Street spokesman

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