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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Reports of a planned £320m-a-year cut to Big Lottery funding have led charities to lobby government for clarification and have prompted Labour to call for debate in Parliament.
MPs have criticised auditors PwC, PKF Littlejohn and Kingston Smith for not scrutinising Kids Company properly and missing key indicators during their dealings with the charity before it folded.
A Commons committee has announced it will take evidence tomorrow from audit firms which had contact with collapsed charity Kids Company, and has published a raft of written evidence from people involved with the charity.
The Public Accounts Committee has called on the government to undertake a “fundamental review of how it makes direct and non-competitive grants” to charities, which would include the development of a register to identify those receiving large amounts of funding.
The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."
The chief executives of Action on Hearing Loss, Mencap and NSPCC were among the 30 that have been included on the third annual #socialceos awards.
A former Kids Company employee has said that the charity was “run by the chief executive as her personal fiefdom” in written evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced a £3m fund to strengthen the domestic abuse sector over a three-year period, but urged government to sort out commissioning structures.
The Prince’s Trust has launched a new website and new IT systems to help it reach more young people, as part of a three year strategy to transform its digital services.