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Abuse inquiry chairman is being paid £2,800 a day

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THE chairman of Jersey's inquiry into historical child abuse is being paid £2,800 per day for an investigation that is expected to last more than twice as long as predicted.

Frances Oldham QC is earning more than three times the daily amount Sir John Chilcot received to run the inquiry into the UK government's handling of the Iraq war.

Mrs Oldham is a senior UK lawyer with 36 years of experience of family and criminal law matters, and her £2,800 daily pay check compares to Sir John's rate of £790.

Her two Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel members – Alyson Leslie and Sandy Cameron – are being paid £2,000 and £1,500 per day, although it is not known who is receiving which figure - that compares to the four committee members of the Iraq inquiry, who each received £565 per day.

The Jersey figures are published in the Verita report presented to the States in 2012 as part of the proposition to establish the inquiry.

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