Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Social Workers in Tragic Climbie Case to Get [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Rise

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Social Workers in Tragic Climbie Case to Get [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Rise

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SOCIAL workers strongly criticised for their role in the death of child abuse victim Victoria Climbie are set to share in large pay rises designed to boost morale.

Haringey council is planning to give workers such as Lisa Arthurworrey and her manager Angella Mairs - both are suspended on full pay pending disciplinary hearings - a 12 per cent increase, meaning that some will pocket a pound sterling4,000 annual rise.

Managers in the child protection and youth offending teams will earn almost pound sterling50,000, making Haringey social workers the best paid in London.

Two other Haringey social workers, Heather Phillips and Nicola Joseph, failed to report bloody handprints and the smell of blood in a flat they visited to collect a child who was going into care for the weekend.

It later emerged that the child's father, Momadou Ceesay, had killed his wife Fatou and she lay dead in the bathroom. Both employees have been exonerated by the council and will also receive the pay rise.

The increase is to be extended to all Haringey's social workers rather than just those working with children - where it has proved difficult to recruit staff because council chiefs don't want to upset their colleagues.

Last month the Government gave Haringey a "zero" rating, designating it as one of the least effective departments in the country. The council's failing social services department was placed under "special measures" by the Government in January 2001.

The decision to increase social workers' pay, due to be approved by councillors tonight, will cost Haringey residents more than pound sterling4 million over the next two years, and is likely to force the ruling Labour-run authority to break its pledge not to raise council tax bills next year.

Takki Sulaiman, Haringey's lead member for social services, said that the "blue sky plan" would mean that newlyqualified employees would receive an extra pound sterling2,000 with managers getting pound sterling4,000. …

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