‘Problems at Kids Company were inevitable’, says Bubb

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11 Aug 2015 | Kirsty Weakley

The chief executive of Acevo has warned that the media needs to be “less hypocritical” in its coverage of charities following the collapse of Kids Company.


‘Problems at Kids Company were inevitable’, says Bubb

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Kids Company had only a fraction of the beneficiaries it claimed, according to newspaper report

Defunct charity Kids Company handed over responsibility for only 500 children to councils, despite claiming to have 36,000 beneficiaries, according to a national newspaper report.

Chief executive and chair loaned member of staff £27,000 without consulting board

The Air Ambulance Service is reviewing the roles of the board and its leadership after the chief executive and chair agreed a loan of £27,000 to a senior employee without informing the rest of the trustee board.

Camilla Batmanghelidjh

Kids Company closed in August, following a turbulent year including child sex abuse allegations, accusations of financial mismanagement and the forced resignation of its chief executive.

Acevo questions Commission role after Kids Company collapse

Sir Stephen Bubb, the chief executive of Acevo, has criticised the Charity Commission’s handling of the Kids Company collapse, saying it should have intervened earlier to help the charity build reserves.

Charities already register with the Charity Commission; the FRSB costs money that many small charities, doing God's and often the government's work, can ill afford; Olive Cooke did not kill herself over charity solicitations.

» Peers propose that all fundraising charities must register with the FRSB

Joe Saxton, founder, nfp Synergy

Public trust in charities is at its lowest since 2007 with just half of people saying that they trust not-for-profit groups, according to a survey by the research consultancy nfpSynergy.

Halo Trust

Two trustees at the Halo Trust were paid a combined total of £120,000 to review the charity’s structural, remuneration and governance arrangements following the suspension and eventual resignation of its founder and chief executive.

Let's talk about dangerous charity campaigning

In light of recent suggestions that charities should not be involved in political campaigning, Andrew Purkis assesses the damage from some serial serious offenders, ranging from the Girl Guides to William Wilberforce.


The Charity Commission is considering whether to launch an investigation into the collapse of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering after receiving a letter from two of the charity's former leaders.

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