Kids Company findings put charities under spotlight

Kids Company received at least £46m in public money despite concerns over how it was run, according to a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report.

NAO found that government ministers kept the cash coming even when civil servants expressed serious and longstanding reservations.

NAO said that in 2011, Kids Company received more Department for Education money than any other charity, with officials relying on its own performance reviews. It had not been required to compete for its annual grant since 2013.

A ‘consistent pattern of behaviour’ of the charity writing to ministers to express fears of redundancies was also uncovered by NAO.

Former bosses at the charity deny that it was financially mismanaged. The charity closed in August, having never reached a point where it operated without government assistance.

Debts of £590,000 were written off in 2003.

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