The Home Office has been fined £366,900 for breaching the government’s senior salary pay cap when it appointed the head of a child sex abuse inquiry.
It was penalised by the Treasury for failing to get clearance in advance before agreeing to pay Professor Alexis Jay £185,000 a year.
Since 2010, all jobs with salaries of more than £142,500 agreed by ministers have had to be signed off in advance.
The Home Office said it had reviewed procedures to avoid future breaches.
Prof Jay became the fourth chair of the troubled inquiry after replacing Lowell Goddard in August 2016.
Amber Rudd’s Home Office fined for overpaying Alexis Jay
The Home Office has been handed a substantial fine by the Treasury after Amber Rudd’s department broke Whitehall rules over the salary given to the head of the child sex abuse inquiry.
Ms Rudd, the home secretary, hired Alexis Jay after Dame Lowell Goddard, a judge from New Zealand, quit in controversial circumstances.
Ms Rudd had been in position for only a few weeks when she appointed Professor Jay. It was a speedy appointment to ensure the inquiry continued to operate with minimum disruption. However, in what could be considered a political case of more haste less speed, her department has been landed with a fine of £366,000 for breaching spending processes over the salary she offered her choice to head the investigation.