Dame Lowell Goddard could receive up to £90,000 severance pay and continue to live in a £2,000-a-week rented home at taxpayers’ expense despite her shock resignation from the British Government’s child sex abuse inquiry.
The Home Office said last night the terms of her departure were still being decided but could not rule out a pay-off for the New Zealander.
It added that Dame Lowell would be allowed to carry on living at an apartment in Knightsbridge, which costs £110,000 a year, paid out of public funds, until she was able “to make alternative arrangements”.
Dame Lowell left the inquiry in chaos when she suddenly quit her £360,000-a-year role on Thursday evening. She quit just 18 months after taking the role of which 70 days she used as a holiday! Victims and their lawyers accused her of a “betrayal” while complaining the inquiry had “descended into farce”.