The National Audit Office has opened an inquiry into Kids Company, meaning that there are now three separate investigations into the collapsed charity by government bodies.
Last week the Public Administration and Consititutional Affairs Committee opened an inquiry, it will hear evidence in October, and the Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in August.
The NAO was already looking at the last £3m grant made by the Cabinet Office to Kids Company because Oliver Letwin, chancellor for the duchy of Lancaster, and Matthew Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, made a ministerial direction ordering civil servants to make the grant. All ministerial directions are automatically subject to NAO scrutiny.
Last week Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town called for the NAO to widen the scope of its inquiry.
The inquiry will look at the funding Kids Company received from government, the government’s grounds for providing funding and how the government monitored Kids Company.
The NAO expects to publish its report later in the autumn.