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Government Changes Rules On Handing Out Cash To Charities Following Kids Company Collapse

It will become a lot harder for ministers to hand out large sums of money to favoured causes, and changes have also been made to a controversial "gagging" clause.

Spending Watchdog Launches Investigation Into Closure Of LGBT Domestic Abuse Charity

The National Audit Office inquiry into Broken Rainbow comes after BuzzFeed News revealed allegations of serious financial mismanagement at the Home Office-funded charity.

Revealed: The Lavish Spending That Brought Down Britain's Only LGBT Domestic Abuse Charity

"It's like Kids Company." Luxury gifts and first-class travel for executives. Home Office grants spent in 24 hours. Warnings ignored by trustees and the Charity Commission. A BuzzFeed News investigation into the closure of Broken Rainbow.

Kids Company Scandal Is Being Used To Silence Charities, Campaigners Claim

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations told BuzzFeed News that charities are being “punished” by the government because of Kids Company’s failings.

Camila Batmanghelidjh Says She Didn't "Mesmerise" David Cameron

The former Kids Company chief executive was speaking during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

The Full Story Of Kids Company's Fall

After receiving £ 46 million of public money, the south London kids charity collapsed in August 2015 following a series of shocking reports. This is how it unfolded.

Kids Company’s Fall Was Result Of “Extraordinary Catalogue Of Failures On Every Level”

The charity’s collapse was caused by “negligent” trustees, according to MPs who were also highly critical of ministers and regulators.

Met Police End Kids Company Investigation

The police said they found "no evidence of criminality within the 32 reports which would reach the threshold to justify a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service".

Kids Company Psychologist Barred For 12 Months After MDMA Scandal

Updated: A Health and Care Professions Council tribunal has found "all charges proven" against Dr Helen Winter, but did not strike her off permanently.

Kids Company Psychologist Admits Taking MDMA While With Clients

Dr Helen Winter admitted misconduct at a hearing in London on Thursday.

Police Pursuing "36 Investigations Relating To Kids Company"

Local government officials have revealed the scale of the police inquiry into the now-closed charity. Updated: Kids Company has now responded to this story.

BBC Investigates Managers' Conflicts Of Interests After Yentob Departure

Updated: A report has been commissioned into the external activities of senior managers after the corporation's creative director stepped down.

Minister Who Approved Kids Company Grants Says He Never Believed Its Claim To Have 36,000 Clients

Appearing before an inquiry on Thursday, Oliver Letwin defended his decision to give Kids Company millions in public funds.

Kids Company Claimed To Be Spending Government Funds On Accommodation It Got For Free

"Wouldn't that be fraud?" asked the chair of a Commons committee after hearing that accommodation worth an annual equivalent of £420,000 was a gift from a donor.

Kids Company Spending "Must Never Happen Again", Says Powerful Commons Committee

The public accounts committee issued a devastating report on Whitehall's relationship with the collapsed charity on Friday.

Camila Batmanghelidjh Calls For New Inquiry Into Kids Company's Demise

Updated: Batmanghelidjh made the demand to BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight after an unnamed employee made explosive claims about the charity's management.

Kids Company’s Batmanghelidjh And Yentob “Didn’t Tell Us The Truth”, says MP

Pressure builds on public administration committee chair Bernard Jenkin to recall senior charity figures Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob.

Top Civil Servant Admits £4.3 Million Grant To Kids Company "May Not Have Been The Right Decision"

The House of Commons public accounts committee chair told senior Whitehall officials it was "staggering" that questions weren't being asked about the charity some time before its collapse.

Ministers Signed Off Kids Company Grant Despite “Horrifying” Report

A confidential auditor report seen by BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight piles pressure on ministers Oliver Letwin and Matt Hancock over the decision to hand the charity £3 million.

Watchdog Reveals "Unbelievable" Government Decisions To Fund Kids Company

A report by the National Audit Office leaves the government with "questions to answer", said public accounts committee chair Meg Hillier.

Mother Says Her Dead Son Is Being Used As A "Political Pawn" In Kids Company Row

The charity's former chair of trustees Alan Yentob was criticised by the mother of 17-year-old Jerrell Elie, who died in August.

Here's What Alan Yentob Said Last Time A Charity He Chaired Had Financial Troubles

"I do not acknowledge that the problem has been a failure to manage," he said in 2010.

6 Questions Still To Be Answered About Kids Company

The hearing provided a great spectacle, but appears to have left more questions than answers.

Kids Company Founder's Evidence To MPs Contradicted By London Council

After a fiery hearing in parliament, Camila Batmanghelidjh's explanation of discrepancies in the number of clients helped by the collapsed charity have been questioned by Southwark's leader.

Kids Company Faces Fresh Allegations Over Charity Management

Ahead of a Commons inquiry on Thursday, newspapers are reporting that former chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh is being investigated by police.

Kids Company Warnings Over Mismanagement Go Back To 2002, New Documents Reveal

Exclusive: The charity's trustees and the Charity Commission were warned about serious concerns for more than a decade before collapse.

Alan Yentob Accused Of Further "Meddling" In BBC's Kids Company Coverage

The broadcaster's creative director apparently contacted a Radio 4 presenter shortly before a report aired.

Spending Watchdog Announces Investigation Into Kids Company

The National Audit Office said money was given to the charity despite advice it "was not likely to be value for money".

Peers Demand Investigation Into "Significant Failure" Over Kids Company

A House of Lords debate heard the charity was "clearly inadequately managed". Updated: The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will begin an inquiry in October.

Kids Company Chair Signed Email Warning Of "Arson Attacks On Government Buildings" And "Savagery" If Charity Closed

BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight have obtained a document signed by Alan Yentob that was sent to the Cabinet Office.

Kids Company Closure May Cost Taxpayers £1.2 Million As Questions Raised Over Client Numbers

BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed News were told by government sources on Friday that the charity had "far fewer" clients than expected.

Prime Minister Defends His Role As Kids Company Anger Rises

Updated: It transpires that the donor alleged by Camila Batmanghelidjh to have pulled out of funding Kids Company to the tune of £3m was hedge fund manager Stuart Roden. He denies the claim.

Witnesses Allege Sexual Abuse, Violence, And Drug Crimes At Kids Company Centres

The witnesses were referred to the Metropolitan police by BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight. The complex case team of the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command then launched an investigation.

Clients And Workers Describe "Havoc" At Kids Company

Tonight's edition of Radio 4's The Report, described a charity that received money for a job that remained vacant for two years and whose handouts meant Fridays were "weed heaven".

Kids Company Supporters Say An Emotional Goodbye To Their Charity Branch in Camberwell

"My key worker is everything," a woman told BuzzFeed News. "I speak to them every day. They're a huge part of my life."

Kids Company Shuts Down

"We've had to abandon a lot of children," the charity's CEO, Camila Batmanghelidjh, told the BBC.

Officials Warned Kids Company Could Shut Down On Wednesday

The decision comes as the charity is being investigated for potentially criminal offences by the complex case team of the Metropolitan police's sexual offences, exploitation, and child abuse command.

Police Investigating Alleged Unreported Criminal Activity At Kids Company Centres

The investigation was sparked by evidence handed to the authorities by BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight.

Camila Batmanghelidjh To Step Down From Kids Company Role In October

The government told the charity that it would only receive an additional £3 million of funding if its boss stepped aside.

Questions Raised Over Kids Company Spending And Research

Following the revelation that the Cabinet Office is withholding funding from the charity, media reports over the weekend have raised further concerns.

Kids Company Boss Says Government Is "Blackmailing" Her

In an interview with Newsnight Camila Batmanghelidjh defended her record as head of the high-profile charity and dismissed accusations of financial mismanagement.

Kids Company Boss Steps Down As Chief Executive And Attacks David Cameron

Camila Batmanghelidjh says she is being "silenced" over government cuts.

Government Refusing Funding To Kids Company Charity Unless Boss Is Removed

A joint investigation by Newsnight and BuzzFeed News has revealed the Cabinet Office is withholding funding from the charity unless Camila Batmanghelidjh steps aside.

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