Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011
Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.
She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.
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Breast Cancer Now has appointed Polly McGivern as director of finance and corporate services to oversee the final integration of activity between the two recently merged breast cancer charities.
Kids Company received enough unrestricted income that it could have built up sufficient reserves to see it through the crisis that led to its collapse. Kirsty Weakley asks why it did not.
Kids Company reported a deficit in its free reserves in six of the past ten years despite receiving more than £90m in unrestricted income over the last decade - almost 80 per cent of all funding.
When Kids Company collapsed earlier this month questions were raised about the lack of intervention from its board. Kirsty Weakley examines the learning for trustees.
I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?
A review of the financial and governance controls at Kids Company warned that the charity needed to address its cashflow problems and keep up-to-date with payments to HMRC, more than a year before the charity collapsed.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Kids Company, which collapsed last week, and the High Court has appointed the Insolvency Service as the liquidator.
The Charity Commission has said it will step up efforts to make charities aware of their reporting duties after it found that 43 per cent of charities with unusually low expenditures had either made a mistake in their annual report or underreported their expenditure.