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Whitehall's relationship with Kids Company evidence session

15 October 2015

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee takes oral evidence on Whitehall's relationship with Kids Company.


Thursday 15 October, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.40am

  • Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and former Chief Executive of Kids Company
  • Alan Yentob, former Chairman of Trustees at Kids Company

Purpose of the session

The session will examine the governance, financial management and reporting procedures at Kids Company, as well as the charity's relationship with central government.

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry will focus on the following key areas:

  • The extent of the Government's relationship with Kids Company, including the appropriateness of the level of Government funding distributed to the charity.
  • The competitiveness of the process by which Government financial support was given to Kids Company and whether the charity benefited from an unfair advantage in the level of Government support it attracted. 
  • The advice given by civil servants to Government ministers on continued financial support for Kids Company, including the audit undertaken by the Cabinet Office and the Permanent Secretary's request for 'ministerial direction'.
  • The seriousness with which ministers regarded Civil Service advice on its continued support for Kids Company.
  • The financial management of Kids Company, in particular its failure, despite repeated concerns, to build up sufficient reserves.
  • The oversight role of the Charity Commission.

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