Eric Pickles said Haringey Council is "bankrolling a state-sponsored cover-up" in its payout to Sharon Shoesmith.
The Communities and Local Government Secretary said there should be no rewards for failure in the public or the private sector.
We've been very clear that legal devices like non-disclosure or compromise agreements should not be used to gag staff or brush under the carpet golden goodbyes to senior staff.
I fail to see how Haringey Council's secretive actions are in the public interest, given the astonishing sum of taxpayers' money involved and the immense public concern and upset at the Baby P scandal.
Bankrolling a state-sponsored cover-up is a massive error of judgment by Haringey Council, and compounds their mishandling of the whole affair.
More top news
More than a third of children in England are considered overweight, a new 20-year study suggests.
The Tory party's "anti-immigration rhetoric" could cost MPs key marginal seats in the forthcoming general election, a new report says.
Two pilots have broken the world distance record for a flight in a helium balloon after soaring over the Pacific Ocean.