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Historic child abuse probe boss to get £360k for a year

By Hayden Smith

Published 14/07/2015

The judge leading the independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse will earn a salary of £360,000 a year.

Justice Lowell Goddard will also receive an annual rental allowance of £110,000 and £12,000 a year to cover utilities.

In addition, the Home Office will cover the cost of four return flights from the UK to the judge's native New Zealand per year for her and her husband, and a further two return flights for other immediate family members.

Details of the pay packet were disclosed yesterday after Justice Goddard formally opened the long-awaited probe last week.

The terms, published on the inquiry's website, state that her appointment will be for the duration of the inquiry, which will run until at least 2018.

Home Secretary Theresa May, who approved a budget of £17.9m for the project for 2015/16, had faced calls for the inquiry to cover the abuse of children at the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast, but Mrs May refused to extend the remit of the investigation to Northern Ireland.

It is suspected that the security services covered up the abuse during the Troubles in order to blackmail politicians and others.

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