UPDATE: November 1, 2013 - Regardless to the update on October 30 2013 the taxpayer gets hit again. This time the Haringey council is now having to pay legal costs of £196,000.
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Is there any end to this madness? It appears that the system is not only nonchalant towards the loss of a child but is also willing to provide vast compensation packages that fail at such a disturbing level.
We talk of fairness, morality and even humility and yet this case, clearly defines what Britain has become – a society with no remorse and where it is now viewed as accepted practice to fleece the taxpayer; even in the event of a child’s death through gross negligence.
UPDATE: October 30, 2013 – It now transpires that Sharon Shoesmith demanded no less that £1.5 million in compensation after being sacked for failing to protect Baby P. According to reports her payout, after a judge ruled that her dismissal was unfair, is likely to top £700,000.
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It is little wonder why we view securing a job as a civil servant as lucrative and this latest development clearly shows the incompetence and failing of our social system. Why do we need 500,000 civil servants to run such a small country? Why are the likes of Sharon Shoesmith not held accountable for their actions?
This and other issues will continue to be asked and debated on meebal.com.
Before you just dismiss this as another incident read the article below and take a good, long, hard look at the face of Peter Connelly, dubbed Baby P. This tragedy could have been prevented if the vast sums of money the taxpayer forks out each year to civil servants was actually awarded to those with a modicum of moral fortitude and of course competency in their positions.
Have we really fallen so far from the tree of common sense that we will allow Sharon Shoesmith to get away with such an atrocity and in the process provide such a vast financial windfall?
SOCIAL SERVICES CHIEF REWARDED FOR FAILING BABY P – Sharon Shoesmith, the former head of children’s services at Haringey Council is to receive more than £600,000 in compensation after being sacked for her incompetency over the death of 17 month old Peter Connelly – dubbed Baby P.
Now Haringey Council, who sacked Sharon Shoesmith from her £130,000 a year position, has agreed a settlement for unfair dismissal; it appears there is no end to fleecing the taxpayer when it comes to incompetent civil servants.
It actually gets a little worse for the figure stated above is more than £600,000 – that is the Council and Sharon Shoesmith actually struck a deal resulting in Sharon Shoesmith signing a non-disclosure agreement with the Council in order to prevent public disclosure of the full amount.
It is clear that public money is being used to pay off more failure, even if that failure results in a child losing their life and it is clear that the taxpayer in not entitled to know exactly how much.
During Sharon Shoesmith’s legal challenge it was reported that her lawyers sought £1 million in compensation and whilst actual compensation has fallen short of this figure the public are outraged yet again how such spectacular failure could result in such a vast payout.
Despite the clear failings, The Court of Appeal ruled that Sharon Shoesmith had been unfairly dismissed that her dismissal by Ed Balls in 2008 was ‘intrinsically unfair and unlawful’.
The public might be asking why it would be unlawful to remove someone from a position that they are clearly incapable of doing. It could be argued that Sharon Shoesmith wasn’t directly responsible, but merely oversaw operations of Children’s services.
However if those at the top are not responsible then who is? Where do we draw the line of responsibility?
500,000 – That’s the number of civil servants that the taxpayer currently provides salaries for in Britain. It is interesting to note that in the late 1800’s when Britain ruled one quarter of the globe the number of civil servants stood at just 4,000.
That’s 4,000 civil servants running one quarter of the globe and a fact that brings to light Government’s incompetency in 2013.
The truth is that employment within the Public sector has never been so lucrative and it appears irrelevant as to whether you are qualified or competent for either way the taxpayer will be forced to hand over lucrative salaries and even if you are dismissed awarded a golden parachute of such magnitude that your feet will never touch the ground.
The taxpayer faces a number of issues here including asking where the buck stops; that is who is actually responsible when things go wrong.
You might have thought that in this particular case Sharon Shoesmith, as head of children’s services, should be held directly responsible.
However the public sector is drowning in administration and layers of managers, mid-managers, executives and chief executives and in the process allows each level to point the finger at one another.
Infographic Source: Daily Mail
It appears that nobody wants or cares about taking responsibility just so long as they get paid.
With Britain’s growing national debt, the very notion of employing so many civil servants is absurd and yet the numbers continue to grow – this ensures nobody has to take responsibility.
The tragedy here is that a little boy was repeatedly abused sexually and physically which finally resulted in his death and not only does nobody want to take responsibility, it appears nobody cares.
Regardless to the intricacies of the law which allowed Sharon Shoesmith to walk away with such a vast sum of taxpayer’s money in compensation, you have to wonder if anyone took the time to stand back and ask whether we just put a price on the life of Peter Connelly.
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