Labour calls for children’s charity closure enquiry

Family|August 10th 2015

A Labour Party minister has called for a public enquiry into the closure last week of high profile children’s charity Kids Company.

The charity provided a range of support to deprived inner children and their families, before announcing its immediate closure last week, just days after receiving £3 million government grant.

In return for the funds, chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh agreed to step down from her role. The Iranian-born businesswoman founded the charity in 1996.

Now Labour Ministers Steve McCabe and Jon Ashworth have called for a full investigation into the controversial closure.

Speaking to Children and Young People Now, Shadow Children’s Minister McCabe called on the government to “come clean” about the extent of its role in the charity’s decision to close its doors.

“What I find a bit hard to understand is how they have gone bust so quickly after apparently being given £3million. There seems to be a complete absence of facts.”

He added, however, that:

“…Charities are under enormous financial pressure and are being asked to do more with less.”

In a separate interview with the site, Batmanghelidjh claimed there had been a “concerted campaign” to discredit both her and the charity.

Meanwhile, Jon Ashworth, who is the Party’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said a full enquiry was necessary to address the “serious questions” surrounding the end of Kids Company.

He told the BBC:

“If they were worried about Kids Company, why didn’t they act to put it in a sustainable footing. Let’s have an inquiry and let’s get the answers.”

Also speaking to the BBC, Prime Minister David Cameron defended to the decision to award the grant, saying it had been “right” to give Kids Company “one last chance”.

Image of empty playground by Therealdigitalkiwi via Flickr

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