The charities watchdog has been urged to ‘stop dragging its feet’ and publish a report into controversial children’s charity Kids Company – which was ordered six years ago.
Critics point out that the Charity Commission’s inquiry into Kids Company – which collapsed in 2015 despite receiving £42 million from taxpayers as well as the backing of celebrity supporters and then Prime Minister – has taken almost as long as the seven-year Chilcot Inquiry into the War.
The Charity Commission announced its probe the same year that Kids Company collapsed following claims of mismanagement and whistleblower allegations that cash intended for disadvantaged children had been squandered on designer clothes, trainers, and drugs.
Last night, the watchdog said its inquiry had been delayed by a High Court case brought by The Insolvency Service, 마사지어플 which earlier this year failed in its bid to ban former Kids Company directors from holding any future directorships, including its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and former executive Alan Yentob.
The charities watchdog has been urged to ‘stop dragging its feet’ and publish a report into controversial children’s charity Kids Company – which was ordered six years ago.Pictured: Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and former BBC executive Alan Yentob
Former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said: ‘This was a high-profile case with serious questions about the award of millions of pounds of public money.
‘We really need the Charity Commission to stop dragging its feet and publish the findings to see what went so badly wrong so other charities can learn lessons from that.’
The extraordinary hold-up is now set to be raised in the House of Lords by former Labour MP Kate Hoey.
The baroness told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I’m genuinely astounded at how long it has taken the Charity Commission to get this report out.It has now gone on almost as long as the Chilcot Inquiry.
The children’s charity collapsed in 2015 despite receiving £42 million from taxpayers as well as the backing of celebrity supporters and then Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured with Batmanghelidjh)
‘I do not think the High Court proceedings should have been used as an excuse to delay what should have been a straightforward report into whether charity rules were broken.’
Kids Company was founded by Ms Batmanghelidjh in 1996 to help disadvantaged children and young people in South London.
With Mr Yentob, the then £300,000-a-year creative director of the BBC as its chairman, it expanded its operations to Bristol and Liverpool and won the support of celebrity figures including Mr Cameron, artist Damien Hirst, comedian Michael McIntyre and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
But it closed down in 2015, shortly after Scotland Yard launched an investigation into allegations of abuse and exploitation at the charity.Police later dropped the case.
The charity was accused of lavishing gifts on youngsters and even giving them money for drugs and alcohol.
It also allegedly arranged for one of its clients to have private sex-change surgery and reportedly sent a drug addict on a £55,000 stay at a Champneys spa resort.
Mr Yentob stepped down from the BBC amid claims he had sought to influence the Corporation’s reporting, but both he and Ms Batmanghelidjh deny any wrongdoing and say Kids Company fell victim to a smear campaign waged by enemies of Mr Cameron.
Last night, a Charity Commission spokesman said: ‘Aspects of the inquiry were placed on hold pending the outcome of High Court proceedings.
‘The High Court issued its detailed judgment in February, which we have carefully considered.It remains our intention to publish our inquiry report as soon as possible.’
Sir Bernard Jenkin, who led an investigation by MPs into Kids Company that resulted in a damning report, added: ‘I hope the report will concentrate on lessons for the future for current and future trustees of all charities.’